Entering the Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, one evening, he found a bunch of chaps having a great time singing their heads off and playing music. Paul liked the people and the music and joined The Side in 1976. Paul had learned to play the accordion whilst in the Navy, so Joe Marns encouraged him to have a go. His lasting memory of Joe is playing Morris tunes with him at 2am, outside the Civic Hall, Wantage.
Paul went on to participate in the revival of the Wantage Mummers.
In 1979 he joined Bampton, eventually returning to The Side in 1998. He still dances with Bampton.