David Allinson

Fifty eight years as a key member of the Richmond Motor Club ended last Thursday with the death of David Allinson. The former Reeth electrical engineer had fought health problems for several years and a decision was taken to take up residence in the Rosedale Nursing Home at Catterick where he moved to following a spell in hospital. He was just eighty years of age and a widower for 28 years. He is survived by daughters Andrea, Tracey and son Robert plus seven grand children. He joined the Richmond club in 1958 and made huge contributions to his club. He held positions as Scott Trial Secretary, Clerk of Course for national championship trials and also as Yorkshire Centre A.C.U. President in 1986. As well as acting as an official of the club he competed in trials, even the Scott Trial when he rode a 500c Ariel machine. His first Scott Trial was in 1958 followed by eight further attempts. The successful Skeeby and Patrick Brompton grass tracks events with Ken Raw involved Mr Allinson as did the national Reeth Three Day trial which was instigated by Andrew Brown, Andy Kearton, Kevin Sharp and David over a pint in the Alexandria Hotel at Fort William. His trials enthusiasm took him to Fort William as a support crew member and then as an official observer at the Scottish Six Days Trial, the Loch Lomond Two Day Trial. His talents also took him to be Head Judge at the fancy dress parties at the Falls Hotel. His loyalty to the Reeth town ship was reflected in his membership of the Reeth Brass Band and retained member of Reeth Fire Brigade. His sporting interests also focused on Reeth cricket and football clubs. Duties included chief clock winder and choir member for Reeth Congregational Church as well mowing Grinton Church lawns with a vintage self propelled mower. David also attended to the Reeth Christmas tree lights every year, and was a key member of the local parish council. Apart from tuning motorcycles in Victor Wallis’s shed he did take his 12 year old son Robert on a 500 Royal Enfield sidecar outfit over Reeth Moor only to get stuck in a wet gully in a cloud of steam. Robert still recalls the instructions from his father on how to get the machine moving. The funeral service will take place on Monday April 4 at Grinton Church commencing at 13.00.

Dave AllinsonPicture Credit: Barry Robinson

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