Picture from The Guardian
Another good guy departs
Alan was a regular contributor to my Curly’s Cornershop Message Board until he became ill a couple of years ago, his contributions were always witty and well informed, he was a veritable font of knowledge on most things connected with South Shields and the north-east, and yet I still managed to forget that he posted under the name of “Jerry”. He was unassuming despite being a celebrated teacher, journalist and Russian translator, one would never know how highly he was esteemed in such places as the British Library.
Alan Myers left an indelible mark in literary and educational circles, he was one of life’s great contributors and a mentor to many young school students, in short he was one of those men who South Shields can be proud of, and despite his careers taking him around other parts, this town and the north east were kept dear to his heart and he fought proudly to defend his roots.
Alan was a pleasure to correspond with and he always managed to enlighten and brighten, now that is a gift that many would wish to have – he will be sadly missed and I feel privileged that he used our local Sanddancer website to keep in contact with the folks of Shields.