‘A lovely smile and a very jovial personality’

Peter Turnbull
Peter Turnbull

A long-serving member of one of Alnwick’s most well-known and oldest family firms has died at the age of 73.

Peter Turnbull, who worked in the renowned butchers’ shop for almost half-a-century, passed away at home on Saturday.

The second of four siblings, he was born and educated in Alnwick before a stint at Morpeth Commercial College.

At 16, he was offered a job in insurance, but decided to join his father Bobby and older brother Roger in the family business and was joined six years later by his younger brother John. The trio also have a sister, Elizabeth, who moved away from Alnwick.

As well as working in the town-centre shop, Peter was also involved in the travelling shop, particularly in the Alnmouth and Shilbottle areas.

Peter leaves behind wife Eileen, to whom he was married for 49 years, and his sons Russell and Christopher.

His brother John said: “He was a very loving husband and father. He was renowned for always having a lovely smile and a very jovial personality.

“He was loved by most people who met him, he was very, very popular.”

John added that they were a very close family and the three of them had great fun running the business. “Peter was a bit of a character and a bit of a wind-up merchant,” he said. “He loved nothing better than winding people up.”

A keen sportsman, Peter enjoyed walking, was competent at tennis and squash and later took up golf. He was also a big Newcastle United fan.

A requiem mass takes place at St Paul’s RC Church in Alnwick on Tuesday at 10am. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to the The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.