Tributes to Peter, a farmer, fund-raiser and family man

Peter Bridgeman
Peter Bridgeman

A respected north Northumberland landowner, who was well known in the local community and beyond, has died.

Peter Bridgeman passed away peacefully at Fallodon last Thursday. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

Mr Bridgeman returned to Fallodon, his family home, in the 1950s after national service in the Scots Guards, to take over the family farm. He remained there for the rest of his life.

He continued as a soldier for many more years in the county, as a territorial, and ended up commanding the 7th Battalion, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.

He built up the farming business and was keen to try the latest ideas. A great countryman, he was knowledgeable about forestry and wildlife generally. He enjoyed fishing and shooting and hunted with the Percy Foxhounds for over 40 years.

Mr Bridgeman was a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland for a number of years and served on the Alnwick Rural District Council for more than 20 years, including chairing the planning committee.

He was chairman of the Percy Hunt for 27 years and involved in a number of local charities and organisations as a trustee. An active fund-raiser, he ran campaigns for Great Ormond Street and Macmillan Nurses.

He is survived by wife Sarahjane, children Mark, Emma and Davina, and 10 grandchildren.

His funeral is at St Paul’s Church, Alnwick, on Monday at 2.30pm. Family flowers only. Donations to HospiceCare North Northumberland, c/o Alistair Turner Funeral Directors, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, NE661HB.