Other more recent contacts
include Pat Draper, who met up with Alan for a walk in the Lake
District in 2013, and Janet Muncaster, who regularly e-mails her news. Alan also
communicated with Ken Tyson and managed to locate Brian Harrison through his work as a postmaster. After Alan
left hopeful messages with her family in Pelton Fell, Margaret Laidler got in touch then met for a delightful
afternoon at Christmas 2009. Acting on information received from Joe,
Alan also called in on Marian Towers for a long chat. In 2011, Ron Scott
came along to a York reunion.
with ex-Stanley Grammar School pupils from Alanís own yeargroup of 1960-67
Alan met Colin Crispin for the first time on 3rd of
September 1960 when they sat next to each other by chance in the very
first lesson at SGS. They remained best friends for the next 47 years,
until Colinís sad passing in August 2007.
in touch from time to time over several years, and recently met up at
the York reunions. They have also rendezvoused in Scotland and in Darlington.
a gap of nearly 30 years, having lost touch, Joe Leigh made
contact with Alan in 2002 and they spent an enjoyable New
Yearís Eve catching up at Joeís house. They now meet up about once a
year for a reunion with other ex-SGS people and mutual friends, in York.
and Geoff Cullen (R) have become regulars at the
annual meet-up after Alanís persistent detective work at last succeeded
in tracking them down.
occasional contact via email with Trevor
Boggon (seen above
with his wife Kay), and also with Sid
Clough (below with his wife Anne). In 2011, Trevor,
Sid and Alan then met in York.