Fond farewell to Alan Read

The death of Alan Read of Egremont was announced at the start of October. Egremont 2Day readers were keen to share their condolences and memories on Facebook. Here’s just a few of them… Sam Meteer: […]

The death of Alan Read of Egremont was announced at the start of October.

Egremont 2Day readers were keen to share their condolences and memories on Facebook. Here’s just a few of them…

Sam Meteer: “I think I first met Alan ‘proper’ – it must have been around the late 80s early 90s, when he turned up at the Highways Depot at Baybarrow, Egremont. I was working in the office at the time and Alan explained he was researching some of the footpaths around the Egremont area, and ‘did we have a definitive map of the footpaths he could look at’.

I pulled out our copy of the definitive maps and Alan pored over them.

“He mentioned one of the walks which he said was called the Soldiers’ Walk which was related to when the armed forces were stationed at Nethertown. He said once off the main street and down into Bookwell it was Left Right, Left Right etc. So it was Left at the trough at Orgill junction then Right at Gully Flats / Rothersyke junction, Left at Kell Head, and so on to Nethertown.

“Anyway, after a subtle hint that a copy of a certain area would be very useful, and after being informed it was crown copyright, Alan went away with a photo copy on the assumption he ‘hadn’t got it here’. After that he was a frequent visitor and nearly always had a tale to tell or some information about his latest project. A lovely gentleman with a wry sense of humour.”

Kay Corkill: “Truly a very special man who I’m very sorry to hear has left us, memories date back to him helping me to choose Christmas presents from his gift shop for my parents when I was a little girl, to his tender care when my Father passed away, and the many years since when we always enjoyed chats whenever we met. His books about the area are a fantastic legacy but his passing really marks the end of an era. He will be missed in Egremont.”

Gerri McAllister: “A legend to Egremont. Everyone knew Alan Read.”

Julie Harry: “What a shame. RIP Alan”

Freda Relph: “A proper gentleman. RIP Alan.”