Essentially I was seen as a commander to start with.
Effectively I was just another
face of authority that had come to the location.
As we started developing projects,
started creating relationships,
they didn't want to see me as a member of the Armed Forces.
I don't know why,
but they began to refuse to call me Sir,
one of so whatever it was at the time.
They didn't want that.
They wanted to know my name, which was fantastic,
but they didn't really quite understand Taff.
So obviously as a proud Welshman,
born and brought up in a town
that's got the River Taff running through it,
I wanted them to call me Taff,
'cause Gareth would be an absolute headache.
Taff became the thing,
but they were like, Taff, we don't understand that.
They would translate it to tough.
I was like, right, okay, so we'll go with this,
and it eventually got around Taff,
and Mr. became the obvious prefix to it.
Always they'd ask for Mr. Taff at the gate.
They'd always ask for projects by Mr. Taff.