John Allen, an ex-MD of the Lynn News dies

John Allen, former Anglia Newspaper MD ANL-150912-193216001
John Allen, former Anglia Newspaper MD ANL-150912-193216001
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Lynn-born John Allen, a former managing director of the publishers of the Lynn News, Anglia Newspapers, has died at the age of 75

Mr Allen, who grew up in South Wootton and attended King Edward VII Grammar School, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011.

He was a newspaperman for 42 years, having started his career in the advertisement department of the Lynn News and Advertiser in 1958 as an advertisement representative.

In 1972 he moved to Bury St Edmunds and later he became publishing director for West Suffolk and was then appointed managing director of Anglia Newspapers which included the Lynn News. 

Married to Diana, the couple have two children Sarah and Jonathan, whom he leaves along with daughter-in-law Kirsty and his three grandchildren Liam, Sam and Freya. 

John was a keen footballer and cricketer, in Norfolk playing both sports for the Old Lennensians and in Suffolk played with Horringer for 30 years.

He was a long-time supporter and season ticket holder of Ipswich Town F C.

John retired in 2000 when he had time to pursue his love of gardening – he won prizes for his carnations – horse racing and the theatre with Diana.

David Dixon, a colleague and also a former publishing director, said: “John was very passionate about the Lynn News. He was a wise person who have me a lot of advice.

“He was a quiet, unassuming sort of guy but very supportive.”

Bob Booth, author of many books on the history of Lynn, went to school with John at King Edward VII Grammar.

When he wanted to start his series drawing on the photographic history of Lynn, Mr Allen was instrumental in giving him access to the archives of the Lynn News, and he proof-read the first editions.

Mr Booth said: “He had common sense. his thoughts were always for the best for the paper and the company.”

John’s funeral will take place at the West Suffolk Crematorium in Bury St Edmunds at 12.45pm on Wednesday.