Musical man of integrity dies at 92

Date: Monday 12th June 2017
Roland Walton
Roland Walton

ROLAND Walton, the seventh child of John George and Sarah Jane Walton of Masonic House, Alston, has died at the age of 92.

He spent the last three years of his life at Scarbrough Court, a nursing home in Cramlington run by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.

Roland joined the Royal Navy at 18 and saw the world as the Second World War raged. He was stationed at Trincomalee, in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and served six years until the end of the war.

Back in Alston, Roland met the love of his life, Margaret. The result was 66 years of marriage, two children — Ronald and Barbara; five grandchildren — Colin, Lesley-Ann, Andy, Lee and Lucy; and four great-grandchildren — Olivia, Annabel, Aria and Verity.

Roland spent the majority of his working life, over 30 years, at Alston foundry until its closure. Roland will be remembered for his humour, his outgoing personality and his love of singing.

He appeared in all of Alston’s concerts in the 60s, and participated in several talent competitions where he always did well singing the songs of Jim Reeves and Frank Sinatra. He also appeared on TV to the joy of the family. Roland was a voluntary fireman and progressed to leading firemen until his retirement in 1979.

Roland joined the freemasons in 1957 and would have celebrated 60 years in November. He became worshipful master of Alston Lodge in 1973.