Alan Brown was a former policeman, father, grandfather and well known charismatic pub landlord.

He grew up in Quarmby with father Frank who was also a policeman, mother Dorothy and brother Peter and after attending Salendine Nook High School he became a highly skilled plumber, a trade which he put to good use in later life.

He met wife Sylvia in a local pub, The Tam O’Shanter, one of the five pubs now closed in Paddock. They married in Paddock in 1964 and Alan later became a respected police officer.

In 1970 Alan and Sylvia decided to take up a new challenge and become licensees of their first pub, The Travellers Rest in Brockholes.

In 1973 the couple took on The Royal Oak in Paddock where they quickly got to know the locals.

The Royal Oak, Paddock.
The Royal Oak, Paddock.

According to Brian Hayhurst, who became landlord of the nearby Angel pub in Paddock, the Royal Oak became “probably the most popular watering hole in Huddersfield for over a decade. Even the Chief Constable openly admitted that during most weekends the Paddock village was like a town centre location due to the pub’s popularity.”

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Alan and Sylvia soon became involved in a series of massive charity events, fundraising for worthy causes and always making sure the regulars were well catered for. His culinary skills were exceptional, including his hot beef sandwiches, which were outstanding. Events like New Year’s Eve in fancy dress were not to be missed with people queuing outside at 7pm to get in.

The Black Bull, Lindley
The Black Bull, Lindley

Their next highly successful venture was The Black Bull at Lindley which they totally revamped and, finally, in 1989 the pub/restaurant they loved the most, The Kings Arms in South Crosland, their free house, until retirement in 2003.

Alan was a former vice president of the Licensed Victuallers Association and will be remembered as a fun loving landlord.

He leaves behind Sylvia, son Wayne and two daughters Dawn and Deborah and seven doting grandchildren.