his time with the Ramblers’, Alan was called on to do many press, radio
and TV interviews. Tap the thumbnails below to see video clips of some of his TV
appearances. The video quality is limited by the old VHS tape
recordings and compression for this website. If
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County Council made an order to divert a section of the Teesdale Way
recreational path from Barnard Castle to
Cotherstone. This would have driven the path down into dense woodland
and lovely views would have been lost. In 1996 a public inquiry was
held and Alan argued the case to retain the popular existing route. The
Inspector agreed and the path was saved.
Robson asked Alan to take part in a documentary about
obstructed public footpaths, and the filming was done around the
village of Heighington in County Durham. Alan dragged Eric around
difficult paths and the programme aired in 1994. As a result, some
long-standing problems were resolved and circular routes from the
village were walkable again.
of the above were each filmed in only one “take”
with no repeats needed, including the “piece to camera” - what a pro! (Note the not-so-subtle use of
“TV‑speak” here, commonly used by luvvies the world over.)
In 1987 a tenant
farmer totally destroyed a section of the ancient Salters Lane north of
Darlington. He ploughed up the surface and grubbed out all of the hedgerows. Alan
enlisted the support of the landlord (it was Darlington Borough
Council) and the farmer was
forced to restore the track and plant new hedges. Today, the hedges are
thriving and the track is a pleasure to walk once more.
A TV producer
invited Alan to take part in a controversial documentary which looked
at the debate about supposed conflict between red and grey squirrels. Alan
defended the rights of the greys to some extent but also supported
measures to help the reds. Filming was done in the garden at home. The
programme was shown in 1999 and generated much discussion.