Alan Roy Thompson
We always referred to you as BIG AL – this was because my sons named you this when we were neighbours – my 2 smaller boys at the time saw you with your big wild beard – and named you instantly the one and only BIG AL!
I have so many great memories and stories about our travels. One example is our trip to Twickenham – Tess was our taxi driver to Bristol TM. I asked “Why not Bath as our drop off point?” Your reply – “Because all that Bristol lot will get on the train and we will not get a seat by the time the train arrives in Bath!” Its 10 am, we are the train with a seat, a bacon sarnier and a beer! We change for Twickers. Grab a pastie at Reading Station – grabbed a few pints in Twickenham village (the norm) then walked up to the station for a pre match pint! After the match we decided to get something to eat – everywhere was full and there were long waiting lists for food. We decide to have a beer whilst we wait (had been told 2.5 hour wait for food). Whilst drinking our pint another waiter arrived shouting “Mr Atkins table for two.” …….. “Thats me”, I shouted…. grabbing your arm and pushing our way to the table! You asked “What the hell are you doing?” I told you to “shut up and order as they cant chuck us out once we are eating!” Best chinese ever – you said ” I cannot believe you Connors” as I shoved a spring roll in your mouth! You could never believe how we got away with it!
I have no doubt you are in heaven – please put a good word in for me and keep an eye on the arrivals board for me and leave a message at the gate as to what bar you are in!