Philip Brannan was born on 24 February 1955 in Willington Quay Maternity Hospital. He grew up at 3 Hunter Street in Wallsend until the age of eleven when his family moved to High Farm.
His father was an electric welder in the shipyards and dockyards along Tyneside area. Other members of his family also worked at Swan Hunter.
Philip remembers a good community spirit whilst growing up in Wallsend and has memories of watching ships being built at Swan Hunter. He also attended many of the ship launches.
Philip was interviewed by Alex Magin on 24 October 2006. The interview took place at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and lasted for 36 minutes.