Preston Wooding was born in Barbados in 1937. He arrived in the UK by airplane when he was 24 years old. When he arrived he was not alone, he had a good friend who lived in the UK and his girlfriend at the time, who later became his wife, also came with him. The British Government did provide immediate accommodation, however, the conditions were tough as he had to share a room with five other people, there was no heating or hot water, and he was moved around frequently. Wooding worked at Harrow Bus garage on the 140 bus for 26 years. In 1972 he was able to buy his own house on Byron Road, and in 1976 he returned to Barbados for the first time with his family.