Town mourns former Mayor

Sam Egdell
Sam Egdell

A WELL-known Alnwick man and former Mayor of the town has died at the age of 85.

Sam Egdell served on Alnwick Town Council for a number of years, and was Mayor in 1994-1995. Sam was also associated with many clubs and committees locally.

He had a long association with Alnmouth Village Golf Club, having been a member of the club for over 50 years and serving at different times as vice-president, secretary, treasurer, chairman of the club committee and club captain.

He was a founder member of the Alnwick Auriga Club and a member of Alnwick Probus Club, serving as secretary on both committees.

Sam was a very active member of the Alnwick Fair committee for many years, helping to organise events each year, and in particular acting as a host and organiser of the visit of the Norwegian band from Alnwick’s twin town of Bryne.

Sam and his late wife Hilda visited Norway many times with the committee and formed long-lasting friendships with several Norwegian families.

Sam had also been a member of the Alnwick Shrovetide Football committee and served on St Paul’s Educational Trust.

In the 1950s, Sam was also an active member of the Alnwick Motorcycle Club, touring England and Europe with the club.

Born in Shilbottle, Sam left school at the age of 14 and spent a couple of years working in the Co-op store there before joining the Army for a period of national service. He completed his training as Wireless Operator at Barnard Castle and served in Germany and in Paris after the war.

After five years in the Army, he returned to Alnwick and worked in the RK Wilson electrical shop before joining the Prudential Insurance company in 1953.

As the ‘Man from the Pru’ Sam’s first agency was in the countryside surrounding Glanton, where he lived for three years, collecting weekly from farms and villages in the area, becoming a friend to many within the farming community.

At that time, when many of the farmers and their families were often quite isolated Sam provided a link between them, sometimes delivering messages and passing on local news.

He later came to live in Alnwick, met his future wife Hilda and they married in 1956.

Sam remained with the Prudential for the remainder of his working life, becoming a well-known face in and around the town and in the surrounding villages.

He took early retirement in 1985 after 32 years’ service with the company, spending his time with his various clubs and committees, almost daily games of golf, wine-making and visiting many different countries on holiday with his wife.

Sam is survived by his daughter Anne, son Michael and granddaughter Katherine.