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Stroud & Proud: Adrian Stratton – standing on the Great Wall of China, Arnie and Guinness in The Retreat

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Stroud Times sat down with Adrian Stratton, known to most as ‘Stratts’, who is standing as an independent candidate in the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Election on May 6.

Adrian is a former detective who was based most of his service in the Stroud area. He has lived in Stroud for more than 30 years and since retirement has been helping local businesses with their COVID measures and risk assessments.

When were you at your happiest?

There are so many things, time with my fiancé, my family, seeing my grandchildren and enjoying life in general.

What has been your biggest disappointment?

A few answers, but I do not want to dwell on them and just learn not to make the same mistakes.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Must be a nice cold pint of Guinness.

What is your favourite smell?

Fresh coffee

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Arnold Schwarzenegger but he would have to improve on his Gloucestershire accent.

What do you like most about Stroud?

You never know what you are going to see or who you might meet. 

What is your ideal weekend?

When the restrictions are lifted, sitting on my favourite bar stool in the pub with my fiancé and friends enjoying a sunny weekend.

What is on your bucket list?

I want to stand on the Great Wall of China

What public figures do you most admire?

There are many normal people who have lived full and interesting lives. They work hard and always keen to help people when it’s needed. I will not embarrass them by naming them.

Who is the most famous person on your phone?

The most famous is Ian Morrison from the Retreat in Stroud – everyone knows Ian.

What are your best and worst qualities?

My best qualities are honesty and the ability to solve problems. My worse quality is being too focused. I get engrossed and sometimes forget the people around me.

What book, song and drink would you take with you if stranded on an uninhabited island?

Book – build your own boat by Ian Nicolson. 

Song – “let’s stay together” by Al Green.

Drink – must be Guinness (again).

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