Harold was born in Altrincham on 29th March 1908. He left school to become apprenticed as a plumber in Hale. After years working as a plumber he eventually joined Manchester Corporation Water Works as a Water Inspector. His hobby from his late teenage years was ballroom dancing and he qualified as a teacher of dancing, founding the Hollingworth School of Dancing in Ellesmere Road, Altrincham in about 1960. He married Marjorie Wilson in 1967. Marjorie was born in Barnsley, West Yorkshire in 1910. For some years they lived in Woodlands Parkway, Timperley before retiring to Appledore in North Devon. Harold died in 1984 and Marjorie a couple of years later.