It is with a very heavy heart I write these few lines. As you all must be aware, Peter was a great personal friend as well as the most prolific writer for and supporter of Cumbrian Railways. He also supplied photographs from our archive collection and a mention of the arrival of the latest article, Peter would soon find images to illustrate it.
By the medium of e-mail we would chat almost every day and supported by telephone calls on a regular basis.
Peter had perhaps the widest knowledge of anyone about the railways of Cumbria and this knowledge goes with him. However, his detailed research notes will still be able to be accessed as will, I hope, a number of articles he was working on up to the time of his death.
Peter put a lot of time and effort into the CRA and we are now a successful organisation due to his hard work. The Association now faces life without him and we must continue to work on the effort he put in over the years.
I will miss his support and guidance as I will sorely miss Peter. However, the loss to us is as nothing compared to that felt by Margaret, Louise and Amanda. I hope that with our strength and support the pain of their loss can be eased for them.
Goodbye, dear friend, and thank you for all the wonderful memories you have left with me.
On a personal note, may I also thank all those that have also sent me comforting messages, they are very much appreciated.