Announcement from the family
The heartbeat of Southwold…….. stopped on Monday when Councillor Sue Allen suddenly passed away leaving family & friends shocked & bewildered. Sue Allen will be remembered as an exceptional lady whose life was almost entirely spent busy for the good of others. Sue enjoyed the good things in life and had impeccable taste.
Born in Kent in 1939 Sue spent her early life between Kensington and Walberswick where her parents had a holiday house. From the age of 9 she was then sent to St.Felix School for girls, Southwold. Whilst living in Walberswick, Sue at a young age, was introduced to horses which then became a lifelong passion. After leaving school she decided Oxford University wasn’t for her and went to work at Fortnum & Masons, then completed Secretarial and Cordon Bleu cookery courses in London, as was the fashion in those days. Sue was very on trend and loved being fashionable all her life. After enjoying au pair life in the South of France, Sue then commenced her dream job of working at the BBC, a vibrant happening place where she began working in radio before moving into Television Centre. Here she was PA to Rex Morphet, Head of Presentations, and was involved in broadcasts such as Winston Churchill’s funeral as well as the first live outside transatlantic television broadcast liaising between the two countries. During her time at the BBC she was able to fuel her love of horses by helping set up the BBC riding club and volunteered for the Riding for Disabled Centre, probably the first time she began working on projects for the benefit of those around her.
Whilst at the BBC she met Set Designer Paul Allen, husband and father of their 3 daughters and they lived in Surrey often travelling to the South of France on holidays and enjoying trips to Newmarket, Ascot & Longchamp for horse racing. They relocated to Reydon, Southwold in the 70’s, where her love of horses became a business as she established an Appaloosa Horse Stud and later they moved to Dunwich Forest to open a trekking centre. As the girls grew older she spent most of her weekends actively supporting her girls with their hobbies, either at Pony Club events or on the River Blyth sailing.
In Southwold Sue and Paul had an antique shop and a hair dressers and after her separation from Paul she ran a B&B on the seafront and in 1993 opened the successful Fishmonger and Delicatessen, Fish & Fayre with her partner, Philip Palmer. At this point she also became involved with various local community committees and projects from Southwold & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce to the Waveney Harriers Pony Club. She took her roles very seriously and worked tirelessly for the local community, having joined Southwold Town Council went onto become Town Mayor in 2003 and again in 2010. Sue was elected a member of Waveney District Council becoming Chairman in 2005. Sue very much enjoyed travelling and over the recent years particular enjoyed visits to The Gambia and Tuscany.
Amongst her achievements during this time she successfully pushed for major funding to rebuild the Southwold Harbour walls, negotiated the development of affordable housing projects & raised extensive funding for Southwold Christmas lights.
Sue more recently represented outside bodies including: Southwold Harbour and River Blyth Estuary Users Association, Suffolk Coast and Heaths Project, East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board and James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Governors Council.
Susan Allen 18th May 1939 – 30th April 2018
Southwold Town Council
On behalf of the Town Council, Cllr Matthew Horwood, Town Mayor of Southwold, would like to express great sadness and sorrow on the sudden loss of Cllr Sue Allen;
“We have lost a Town Councillor and a District Councillor who always put the town of Southwold first to try to get the best for the town locally and across Suffolk. Thank you, Sue for the many years of service you gave unstintingly. It will always be much appreciated and valued”.
The family request that condolence letters and cards be sent to Southwold Town Hall, Market Place, Southwold IP18 6EF.
For those who would like to express messages of sympathy and memories of Sue a book of condolence will be available at the Town Hall.