|At Doncaster, 2003|
|FR Co. Exec||President|
|FR Soc. Post||President|
[born April 16 1920, died March 18 2012]
It was Alan's intervention that made restoration of FR a possibility and he was owed a tremendous debt of gratitude, not only for his confidence in the Ffestiniog Railway Society at that time but also for all the help and encouragement given since to the Society. A member of the Eastern Area Board of BR with a boundless enthusiasm for railways going back to boyhood days; favourite haunt the GN main line. Alan's father put up the initial £3,000 needed to transfer ownership of the FR to the current administration. He continues to be president of the Festiniog Railway Company and the Ffestiniog Railway Society.
A full history of "Mr. Flying Scotsman" was covered over four articles in "The Railway Magazine" in early 2001 and space does not permit a full account here. Suffice to say AFP's CV covered: Station Master and Signaller's Assistants, Photographer, Law Student, Bomber Pilot, Company Director, Member of the BTC, Railtour organiser, passenger on 60007 as it set the post war steam record, purchaser of Flying Scotsman, seller of Flying Scotsman, Shipboard Lecturer, Professional Actor, Railtour Commentator and President of the FR and FRS.
Alan was awarded and OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours list, a richly deserved recognition of his enormous contributions in many walks of life.