Peter Adams (1940 – 2017) was born in South London on 26 May, the fourth of five children. He became a ‘barrow boy’ in the South London markets aged fourteen and ended up with twelve stalls across London. He also owned multiple shops, laundries, a recording studio in Soho, and opened the first West Indian supermarket. Peter was charged with murder in 1965 and served seventeen years. He married first wife Cynthia and they had two children: Lee and Lawrence. He later married Shirley and after their separation he had two further children with his partner Candida: Jessica and Ben.