Tributes paid to ex-top cop

Former Chief Supt. Alf Southern.

Former Chief Supt. Alf Southern.

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Tributes were today paid to a ukelele-playing former policeman who once provided security for The Beatles.

Alfred Southern, from Fleetwood, a former chief superintendent of Lancashire Police, has died aged 84.

Grandfather Mr Southern has been

described by his family as “a loving father” who was popular among his colleagues on the force.

His daughter Angela Lee said: “He was a policeman through and through.

“He absolutely loved his job and I would imagine there will be many colleagues at his funeral.

“We’ve had a lot of letters from people who worked with him saying what a good boss he was and that he was their mentor.”

Mr Southern was born in Sheffield in 1928 and moved to Blackpool during the Second World War, before completing national service in the Royal Navy as a ship’s writer when he was 16.

In 1948, aged 19, he joined the police force in Blackpool, serving initially as a bobby on the beat.

He was later promoted to detective, before moving to Blackburn to work as a superintendent.

It was during his time in East Lancashire that he was part of the security arrangements for The Beatles when they played a concert at King George’s Hall in the town.

He then moved back to the Fylde coast, where he served as chief superintendent while based at Fleetwood.

In all, he worked for 37 years in the police.

Outside his police work, his greatest passion was swimming and he was instrumental in founding Flounders, a swimming club for disabled people in Fleetwood.

He was also a keen ukelele player.

Mr Southern had lived at Broadway, in the port, and died peacefully in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on July 15

after a long illness.

He is survived by wife Sheila, 85, daughter Angela, 61, and son Mark, 56, as well as two grandchildren – 24-year-old Harriet and Christian, four.

His funeral will take place tomorrow at Carleton Crematorium from 1pm.

Donations in his memory can be made to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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