Leeds University. The fertile academic landscape that cultivated a host of notable alumni, from Former Secretary of State Jack Straw to prominent author Ngugi Wa Thiong'o to Mystic Meg. In September 2002, a new name was added to this pantheon of legends. Pete arrived at Bodington Hall armed with his greatest treasures. A very flashy stacker system that said 'Sure, I'm seriously into music'. A collection of wacky caps that said 'But I like to have fun too'. And a tuck box with his name on it that said 'I went to boarding school and like lashings of custard with my apple crumble.'
In the inevitable freshman nickname lottery Pete became known as 'Partridge' which soon became 'Parto'. Not only did he own all the Alan Partridge videos, he had a polished repertoire of impersonations to boot. Through University, Pete mixed a comprehensive social calendar with a smattering of lectures. On the odd occasion the Geography faculty required some participation, Pete could be seen strolling around the trendiest campus in the UK wearing M&S jeans and some long-serving deck shoes. His fellow academics were all guaranteed to be sporting a huge grin and possibly a sausage roll as he entertained them with his famous wit. Pete was to embark on a successful journey of discovery into fluvial erosion, advanced plate tectonics and town planning. An extremely capable student, he completed his degree with ease securing a 2.1.
But Leeds was about much more than the study. Pete was at the epicentre of long days spent playing corridor cricket, 5-a-side football, romps over the Yorkshire moors, jaunts to hollwood bowl, taking in some ale fuelled county cricket, impromptu Otley Runs, impromptu drives to Blackpool. With the occasional long night thrown in at the various hot spots, Baja Beach club, Bar Risa and The Three Horseshoes to name a few. We all took full advantage of student life, which lead to the formation of incredible friendships and unbreakable bonds. Going through university with Pete was an unadulterated pleasure and he was the fulcrum of an unforgettable 3 years.