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A TRIBUTE TO ALAN
SATURDAY 29TH JANUARY 2005


The Tribute Event went ahead as planned on Saturday 29th and was an enjoyable, if poignant, way for us all to remember Alan and his life.
For many of us the speeches and general conversation provided an insight into parts of Alan's life that we were unaware of; everyone there will have come away with a greater knowledge and understanding of an interesting, accomplished and lovely man.

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The running order of the "speeches":

This has been ammended, as Nick was half-asleep when he first loaded this "page" (fingers crossed he'll get it right this time!).
Masses of apologies to anyone who was left out, it was entirely not intentional.

To start, Pete Atkin introduces himself and the proceedings; these are:
  1. The Ventures' song "The Shuck", as played by The Chevrons [Alan's first ever band?].
  2. Alan's childhood-friend Colin Rose reads from a letter Colin wrote to Ann, Alan's partner.
  3. Pete then reads from his own memories on Alan and Cambridge University.
  4. Pete then sings an Elvis tune: "A Fool Such As I"; with audience participation!
  5. Following the news that Clive James, another contempory from the Cambridge Uni' days, will unfortunately not be able to attend; Pete reads from a message Clive sent to Nick, Alan's son
  6. Alan's sister Ruth then reads from a piece of writing specially for the service.
  7. Afterward Alan's sister Kathy does the same.
  8. Nicki, Alan's ex-wife and Nick's mother, then introduces two pieces that she and Nick wish to be read.
  9. Danny Hill will then read William Blake's "The Tyger", as requested by Nick.
  10. Jessica Goold will then read from the writings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, as requested by Nicki.
  11. The classical Spanish-guitar piece, "Recurdos De La Alhambra" is then played.
  12. Jennifer Basannavar, one of Alan's colleages from the Lady Elleanor Holles School, reads from her own writing
  13. The Staff Madrigal Group also from LEH School, sing Parry's "There Is An Old Belief".
  14. Ann then reads from her own writing.
  15. Russell Milner, a friend of Ann's, then plays Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go", as requested by Ann.
  16. Ann then reads "How Do I Love You", a poem she made a part of Alan's funeral service.
  17. More music to finish:
    • "Because (Â Cappella)" followed by
    • "And I Love Her" by The Beatles


We took photographs on the day although, out of respect for those involved, we didn't want to use flash during the speeches. We hope you'll find them interesting.

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For record-keeping's sake, we are attempting to have each of them numbered and "captioned", but we're not entirely sure of who everyone is! Please could you email to let us have any names we've missed, and to provide any further photo's.