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On his death.

“A sad Sunday :-  The news from Alf's daughter Betty that the doyen of the speedways and camera, the one and only Alf Weedon passed away at 5pm UK time on Sunday the 19th January, just 23 years almost to the day that his wife Dot passed on.  Alf was 93 years of age - and a great advert for junk food, he had so many meals at the speedways !!!!.  He had been poorly for a long time.

Alf will long be remembered for his personality, enthusiasm for life and the way that he made so many friends around the world.  When Alf and Dot lived in the Prefab in Hackney, it was always 'open house' and no less when they moved to Ilford into a 'proper house'.  Alf was one of those loveable characters who 'if you wanted something Alf could no doubt get it'.  I remember well the 'King Edward Cigars from the American PX stores among many other things.

My mother was a neighbour in Ilford and on a Monday he would bring her to Reading Speedway for a day out and to meet up with me, Joan and Gary.  Eileen and I gave Alf a surprise 80th birthday lunch in Henley just 13 plus years ago.

Alf you served us all very proudly R.I.P. I shall miss you.

ALF WEEDON 13 th JULY 1920 - 19 th  JANUARY 2014

Reg Fearman writes:-

On his Funeral.

“The funeral of Alf took place today 5th February 2014 at the City Of London Crematorium, Wanstead.

Alf was carried in by his Grandsons to the tune of 'Simply The Best' by Tina Turner.  There were over one hundred people in the congregation. Of course, many ex riders and promoters were in attendance - the list is too long to record here.

The Revd. John Edwards gave the 'Tribute to Alf's Memory' ranging from his pre war upbringing, his war time Royal Air Force duty, meeting and marrying  Dot - she pre deceased Alf by 23 years - who was also in the forces, being bombed out, living and raising Betty, Jackie and Keith in a prefabricated house in Hackney.  Post war, working as an upholsterer before taking up photography and establishing himself as such in 1947.   From there on it is history. An ace camera man, Alf made hundreds and hundreds of friends throughout speedway racing during his life looking at people - through the lens of a camera.

The 'Exit Music' was 'Unforgettable' by Nat King Cole.

Everyone was invited back to the house for refreshments that included the East Enders' favourite - jellied eels and jumbo prawns.

Rest In Peace Alf, you did us all proud.

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