TT Stalwart Alan Hampton Dies

ALAN Hampton, a deputy clerk of the course for both the TT and the Manx Grand Prix and a stalwart committee member of the Southern 100 Racing Club has lost his brave battle with cancer. A popular and most amiable man, Alan lived most of his adult life on the Billown Circuit at Ballawhetstone farm with his wife Sally. Their children, Philip and Stella, organised a surprise 30th wedding anniversary for the couple there last June in the form of a barn dance, when up to 200 close friends and family were in attendance. Alan was in fact brought up in Nursery Avenue, Onchan, together with his brother Eric (now in London) and sister Pat, wife of former Ramsey MCC treasurer Alan Newton.

His first active interest in motorcycling came via a DOT trials bike which he rode in local events in the 1960s. He joined the organising committee of the Southern 100 in 1981, and for many years acted as safety officer, whilst also becoming clerk of the course for the annual post-TT Steam Packet meeting and assistant to Phil Taubman for the Southern 100 proper. Alan joined the committee of the Manx Motor Cycle Club in 1991 and immediately took up the position of controller, prior to taking on extra responsibility as assistant and deputy clerk of the course for both the Manx and the TT.

For many years he was also a most capable and highly amusing Master of Ceremonies at the annual dinner of the Manx Motor Cycle Club. In his professional career, Alan worked for more than 30 years for the Manx Electricity Authority, eventually in an executive role prior to taking early retirement last year at the age of 62 due to ill health. The funeral service for Alan Hampton will take place at the Spiritualist Church, Dukes Road, Douglas next Tuesday, October 16 at 12 noon, to be followed by cremation at 1.15. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to either Manx Cancer Care or the Phil Hogg Rescue Unit.

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