REMENHAM resident Brian McLaughlin died on May 27 after a short sudden illness, aged 76.
Brian was born on June 21, 1937 in Aberdeen and the family moved to South Shields, Tyne and Wear, when he was 14. He left school at 15 to serve an apprenticeship in a shipyard en route to becoming a marine engineer as a 21-year-old.
In his youth, Brian was an active member of the scouting movement and became a Queen’s scout. His skills in organising shows and events in later life originated from his scouting days where he helped organise gang shows.
As a Queen’s scout he was on the steps of Westminster Abbey during the coronation in 1952, something he felt very privileged to have done.
In 1956 he met Maureen. Their first date was a trip to London (chaperoned of course!) to see the London Gang Show. Despite the six-hour train journey each way the date was a success and they starting courting.