Tribute – Alan McDonald

Alan sadly passed away on the 19 December 2021. He had been an active member of the West Middlesex Branch of CAMRA for over thirty years. Alan was born in Dundee in 1949, in tough circumstances, being brought up by an early widowed mother. He attended Dundee University where he studied librarianship. During the 1970s he came to London where he was employed as a librarian, but also ran a record shop in Wembley where he indulged in one of his great passions, music, especially the blues. Alan was a sociable and knowledgeable companion. His three great interests were music, football, and of course, real ale. He often volunteered at CAMRA beer festivals. For a number of years he managed the products and membership stand at Ealing, and worked on glasses or the bar at theGreat British Beer Festival, London Drinker and Pig’s Ear. He was a great collection of vinyl records, CDs, football programmes, and even CAMRA t-shirts! He was also an excellent ‘mine host’, especially with Sunday barbecues, which usually ended with a round of crazy golf. Invariably, an interesting prize was organised for the winner. He leaves behind his long-time companion, Elizabeth, and lots of fond memories, having contributed immensely to CAMRA behind the scenes. He will be much missed by his friends and CAMRA colleagues.

Bob O’Brien (with thanks to Mike Rust and Roy Tunstall)

Steve, who passed away in February, was a regular volunteer at both Battersea and Wandle Beer Festivals and CAMRA’s South West London branch would like to send condolences to his wife, Penny, and family.

We had just gone to print with the last edition when the death was announced of one of my heroes, Barry Cryer. According to the Evening Standard (27 January), once, when interviewed at the Garrick Club, he said, “I’ve been into all these clubs because everyone assumes I’m a member. I much prefer my local Wetherspoon’s, the Moon & Sixpence in Hatch End. I’m the thinking woman’s lager lout.” I remember Humphrey Lyttelton once saying, at the start of an episode of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, “Barry’s in a bad mood today. Some swine has cut the ring-pulls off his lunch”.