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2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)

04 Jan 17 - 07:23 PM (#3830496)
Subject: Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Herga Kitty

As no-one has yet started an obit thread for Alan, who passed away peacefully while taking an afternoon nap last Friday afternoon, 30th December, at the age of 74, I'm taking this opportunity to record my grateful thanks to a lovely man - whom I first met when he was running the Sidmouth festival campsite in the mid-1970s and who contributed so much to the British folk scene, particularly in Dorset, Wiltshire and Devon, and including through his encouragement of acoustic and unaccompanied singing (Middle Bar Singers, Wareham Wail), and hard graft at festivals (Sidmouth, Christchurch, Chippenham),

Deepest sympathies to Nicky and the rest of the family.

Kitty


05 Jan 17 - 03:39 AM (#3830516)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Bugsy

I never knew or met Alan, but he sounds like someone whith whom I would have had a lot in common. I hope that his friends wil post on this thread with memories and tales of their times with him.

my condolences to his family and friends.

Bugsy


05 Jan 17 - 04:32 AM (#3830530)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,SteveT

My condolences to Alan's family; both genetic and his wider "folk family" who'll also miss him. Memories of the Middle Bar and Wareham Wail predominate for me – particularly Alan with chef's apron and pig's head on a platter at the Wail. He contributed a huge amount to folk song and was a true gentleman. R.I.P.


05 Jan 17 - 05:41 AM (#3830539)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: banjoman

New Alan well from his work at Sidmouth and various clubs in Dorset & Hampshire. We also enjoyed several ride in "Tess" the Transit including manhandling it out of ditches on the way to LNE at Sidmouth.
Condolences to Nikki & his family.


05 Jan 17 - 07:07 AM (#3830553)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,Jon Heslop

Another good man gone.
I knew Alan for forty plus years and always revelled in his company, good humour and his gentlemanly ways. Not only have I lost a good friend but so has the folk world at large. Alan had an infectious passion for folk song, music, dance and the love of getting people together to share the sheer joy of it with each other.
He will be long remembered for not just the contributions he made to Sidmouth festival, founding the Middle Bar Singers or running the campsite; not just for founding the Wareham Wail but mainly for being himself. There will never be another Alan and as long as we remember him, he will always be with us.
Our hearts go out to Nikki and all his family with love.

Jon & Fred


05 Jan 17 - 07:54 AM (#3830557)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: OldNicKilby

A lovely Bloke, a true and proper Folkie, his involvement with the Wail was inspirational. Nothing seemed to faze him, it all ran just "Tickety Boo " I cannot thank him enough for the wonderful weekends we had at the Wail Our condolences to Nikki and his Family
Old Nic and Jacky


05 Jan 17 - 08:05 AM (#3830561)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Waddon Pete

Sad news from Dorset. I never knew him, but he is on my list of people I would have liked to have met but never got the chance. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread. My condolences to all who know and love him.

RIP

Peter


05 Jan 17 - 08:14 AM (#3830563)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Tattie Bogle

I didn't know him as well as some of the other Sidmouth/Middle Bar Singers, having only joined the latter around the year 2000, but share with them their appreciation for all he did for folk music at Sidmouth and elsewhere.


05 Jan 17 - 10:17 AM (#3830583)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: RTim

I have known Alan since around 1970 - At the Christchurch Folk Club and early Christchurch Folk Festival, and then we were both founding members of Twynham Morris (of Christchurch) and he was always a willing and able friend and singer.
I will always remember his singing of the Thirty Foot Trailer (by Ewan McCall) amongst others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmDUdJXS95w

Sad to hear of his passing, even if I haven't seen him for years.

RIP old friend.

Tim Radford


05 Jan 17 - 11:29 AM (#3830594)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,George Frampton

Alan was one of the heroes of keeping Sidmouth going in 2005, taking charge of organising the campsite single-mindededly and almost single-handedly (and I'm not even sure of the 'almost' in saying that last bit!)

I recall standing windswept in February 2005 with him, Gordon Newton and Tom Addison surveying the field from the Bulverton marquee site musing on the adequacy of the latter, later assuring Gordon that this is where it had always been raised after its move from the Bowd site around the turn of the millennium.

The current organisers have much to thank him for.


05 Jan 17 - 12:31 PM (#3830607)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery

Sad news indeed, my condolences to his Family, I have many happy memories of Stewarding the Main Campsite at Sidmouth with him from the late '60's onwards, he was always cheerful and good natured even when faced with apparently insoluble problems and the idiocy of others !!.


05 Jan 17 - 01:02 PM (#3830615)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,Nigel and Barbara Beckett

Very sad news that we have lost one of the true gentlemen of English folk music. Many happy memories of Alan, always in the thick of things at Sidmouth and The Wail, and because he took the work of running the campsite at Sidmouth so seriously, too brief visits to the Middle Bar for the occasional song. Thank you Alan for your part in making sure Sidmouth continued so that thousands of people can enjoy it still. Condolences to Nicky and the family.


05 Jan 17 - 05:46 PM (#3830645)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Capo da Monty

Sad news indeed.
Sincere condolences to Alan's family and friends.
Malcolm Bishop


06 Jan 17 - 07:33 AM (#3830713)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

Sorry to hear this. Always used to bump into Alan at Sidmouth in the days when I was a regular.

Robin


06 Jan 17 - 06:03 PM (#3830821)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Bloke from Poole

He had a knack of talking to you as if it were only you that mattered, always a warm greeting and a handshake.


08 Jan 17 - 04:48 PM (#3831244)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Herga Kitty

For those wishing to attend Alan's funeral, the details are as follows:-
Friday 3rd February @ 3:30pm at
Poole Crematorium
Gravel Hill, Broadstone,
Bournemouth, Poole
BH17 9BQ
Followed by his 'Mini Festival' to celebrate his life.
This will be held at
The Newtown Conservative Club
374 Ringwood Rd, Poole
BH12 3LT
*Family flowers only
*Wear what you are comfortable in dress informal
There are local hotels and B&B's located around the venue if needed.

Kitty


09 Jan 17 - 03:59 AM (#3831327)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: My guru always said

Many thanks for posting this information Kitty, Richard and I will be planning to attend to sing farewell to Alan.


12 Jan 17 - 03:49 PM (#3832156)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,Ginny Nikki and family

Thank you for all your lovely comments. Alan is my father. Both mum and the rest of the family are enjoying hearing how well loved and and inspirational he was! We would love for this to keep being shared and hope his memories will remain!
Thank kitty for sharing this for all to see
Everyone who would like to attend the funeral please do as he never turned any one away!

Ginny,Nikki,Sam, Robin, Tom and of course our partners and our children xx

RIP forever loved 💙🍺🎶


13 Jan 17 - 06:36 AM (#3832286)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Herga Kitty

Thank you Ginny and family.

In addition, I failed to cut and paste this part of the message from Facebook when I posted info on Monday, but I have since received it in an email from the Wail email box, so am now able to add it on Mudcat:

There is a Book of Remembrance on the funeral directors' website where you may leave a personal message in Alan's memory if you wish:
http://www2.tapperfuneralservice.co.uk/FuneralDetails.aspx?FuneralNumber=20170026&Name=Alan_%28Hector%29_White&Dig=lQK%2FO550dGWN4cHG7XrpmJyc%2F6UkBUmkgMECAbpPsVo

Please also consult that website for additional details that may be added.

Kitty


24 Jan 17 - 07:06 PM (#3834644)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Herga Kitty

Just a reminder that the funeral is on Friday next week - I've been saddened to see on Facebook that another folkie's (Quartz's Peter Gleave's) funeral is the same afternoon.

Kitty


31 Jan 17 - 04:26 AM (#3835862)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST

Refresh


02 Feb 17 - 08:13 PM (#3836395)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: Noreen

Refresh- for those looking for information on Alan's funeral later today.


06 Nov 18 - 05:28 PM (#3960441)
Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Alan White RIP (Dorset, UK)
From: GUEST,Mo

Nikki and family, Today was a strange day I was driving through kenilworth and saw a guy who just looked like Alan and carrying a guitar on his shoulder, I looked up on the net only to find that Alan passed away, I am so sorry to hear this, as you know we go back along way to the very early Sidmouthvand Poole days, I hope you are all well would love to catch up Mo x