SPORT, THE ARTS, PLACES

For PR man and copywriter Alan Page in the East Midlands work is a major stimulant, but he has broad personal interests …

Alan Page was a co-founder of Canny Willy Racing: a conduit for friends to enjoy horse racing, including the buying of shares in thoroughbreds. Part-ownership example Aegean Destiny won for Canny Willy Racing at Leicester and Newcastle on the flat and at Uttoxeter over hurdles. Here she is, above, thundering first past the post at Newcastle (share no longer held). Involvement with horse racing stretches back to Alan's days of freelance journalism, writing regularly about its state and status.

Other sports have figured prominently. Alan is a life-long Sheffield United football supporter and a more recent follower of FC Barcelona. He was a director of a professional basketball club. As a participant, Alan played regional cricket and local football, as well as driving high-performance rally cars.

Fervently fond of dogs, Alan is particularly knowledgeable about Border Terriers. He is registered at the Kennel Club under the authorised kennel name Dinguaire. That was the medieval term for Bamburgh, former capital of Northumbria, where these tireless working terriers originated. Alan's space is shared with two hyperactive Borders.

Alan stood for Parliament twice and was elected to city and county councils, all when still in his twenties. Since, he's been a keynote speech writer for two cabinet ministers.

There is always more. For instance, Alan is a qualified teacher; has an HNC in graphic design; was a regular lecturer at a journalists’ training school; designs and edits a regional magazine; has been a much-in-demand public speaker; is a Frank Sinatra addict; an ardent jazz lover; an admirer of Picasso, the Impressionists and church architecture; a frequent theatre-goer; an eager explorer of Derbyshire’s Peak District; partial to many things Spanish; and has travelled throughout Europe and the United States.
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