Born and raised in Southport, Lancashire, Alan started work in Liverpool in 1963, just when the 'Cavern' seemed to be the centre of the universe. The pop world was dominated by the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Searchers and all the other Liverpool groups of the time. Everyone Alan met or worked with was either related to, went to school with or lived next door to someone who was in the charts. Even the woman who served in the sweet shop next door to the office claimed to be the mother of one of the Merseybeats.
Despite the distractions of pop and football, he managed to pick up a good grounding in his chosen career of financial services and, after working in his home town of Southport and in Manchester, by the time he was in his late twenties he found himself in North Staffordshire, where he lives to this day. In 1985, he opened his own business as an Independent Financial Adviser, which became a partnership in 2000. Alan retired in 2006.
Now living with his partner, Suzy, and their three border collies in a converted village school in a small hamlet in rural North Staffordshire,
he still follows his beloved Liverpool Football Club, but only on television these days. Also, he enjoys fellwalking, which is what prompted him to write his first book, Ancient Feet.
Alan appeared in the BBC television series Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast with Julia Bradbury which has been shown on both BBC2 and BBC4 and is now out on DVD.