Screenwriter's funeral to be held next Monday
The funeral of writer and Brentford fan Alan Simpson funeral will be held next Monday, 27th February, at Hampton and Richmond Borough Football Club. Alan, who was part of the writing duo behind Hancock's Half-Hour and Steptoe and Son, died earlier this month, aged 87, after a battle with lung disease.
There will be a horse and carriage procession leaving his cottage at 12 noon which will travel via Percy Road and down Station Road finishing at The Beveree, Hampton and Richmond Borough Football Club, Beaver Close, Station Road, Hampton, TW12 2BX. There will then follow a farewell ceremony conducted on the football pitch by The Reverend Martin Morgan, starting at 12.45 p.m, after which a private graveside burial will take place attended only by family members of Alan and his script writing partner, Ray Galton.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the funeral but should be aware that no seating or parking can be guaranteed. There will be standing room on the covered terrace and those wishing to attend are asked to arrive by 12.15pm.
Alan wrote himself into Brentford history as part of the supporters' fightback against Queens Park Rangers' planned takeover in 1967. His office was the setting for the formation of an action committee on the afternoon of Friday 20 January, the day after the news broke, which included figures such as Peter Pond-Jones, George Hutchinson, and Lionel Green.
At the supporters’ meeting at Griffin Park three days later, Alan was one of the speakers, famously deriding the takeover, saying: “In a few years’ time we will be able to take over Fulham, Chelsea, and QPR.”
Alan quit writing in 1978 to pursue other business interests and was Club President at Hampton and Richmond Borough for nearly 50 years with a stand at The Beveree named in his honour.
For anyone wishing to make a donation to charity in memory of Alan, cheques only please, payable to one of the following charities:
British Lung Foundation
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Please post cheques to: P. Boast and Son, 36 Eastworth Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8DW.