Martyn Johnson is an Author, Metal Detectorist and Historian. He lives in the beautiful village of Wentworth in South Yorkshire. He was born in Darfield, some five and a half miles north east of Wentworth as the son of a coal miner. He left school at the age of fifteen and took up employment as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police where he served as a 'beat bobby' at Attercliffe in the east end of Sheffield, until 1969. A two year spell in the CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years. Martyn is a well-known metal detectorist and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby. A long-time resident of Wentworth village, he assisted and advised Catherine Bailey when she was researching her best-selling book, Black Diamonds
Martyn has recently release his memoirs entitled WHAT'S THA UP TO - Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby. The book details his life as a 'beat bobby' in a large working-class area of Sheffield during the 1960s and 1970s. In only three months this best-selling book has already gone to reprint and is receiving excellent reviews from as far afield as Canada, Australia and the USA.
Martyn's book WHAT'S THA UP TO has proved more than popular and, having been inundated with calls to write another book, he has done just that. The second book WHAT'S THA UP TO NAH is now on sale.
Martyn is proud to be the Chairman of Wentworth Cricket Club and also has a great interest in Garstang Cricket Club, where his youngest son Paul is a keen member of the team.
Martyn is a born raconteur, local historian, author and has some interesting stories to tell!