Like thousands across Cambridge, we were saddened to hear the news that Allan Brigham, former council roadsweeper, passionate local historian and local tour guide has died.
Leader of Cambridge City Council, Cllr Lewis Herbert, has issued the following statement on Allan’s death;
“Along with many party members and hundreds across Cambridge, it is so sad to hear the news today that Allan has died. We will miss his love for Cambridge, his solid support for Labour and his union and work colleagues, and miss his multiple contributions to the city. Our thoughts are with his wife Janice and all his family.
Allan cared so much for his adopted city. He probably knew more Cambridge people and more about the city than anyone. We all remember talking to him when he worked for the Council cleaning the city centre, can relive his amazing walking tours and his research into local history, recall his wise advice on future issues affecting Cambridge and value him freely giving so much time to visit schools and share his passions for cutting litter and expanding recycling. Allan was a real Cambridge character and we will all miss him so much.”
Ben Bradnack has also paid tribute to Allan, saying;
“He was and remained throughout an amazingly powerful advocate and public speaker, despite the physical frailty which beset his later years. Neither his voice nor his socialist principles ever seemed to fail him.”
(Photos by Anna Smith, Deputy Leader, Cambridge City Council of Allan doing what he did best, sharing his passion for Cambridge history.)