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Former captain at school dies

Captain Don Swanston, who led the training for 20 years at the Wellesley Nautical School, who died aged 91.

Captain Don Swanston, who led the training for 20 years at the Wellesley Nautical School, who died aged 91.

A captain who led the naval training of hundreds of boys in Blyth has died at the age of 91.

Don Swanston took over at the Wellesley Nautical School, who provided training for wayward youngsters, in 1961 and held the position until his retirement in 1980.

After his retirement he continued his association with the school and was a trustee for several years.

During his time in the town, Mr Swanston was an active member of Blyth Rotary Club, becoming president in 1968/69.

He was also a keen golfer and secretary of Blyth Golf Club from 1966 to 1970.

On his retirement Mr Swanston moved with his wife, Joyce, to Prudhoe, but when ill health struck the couple moved to Milton Keynes to be near their daughters Barbara and Helen.

Mr Swanston leaves a widow, two daughters, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

His funeral is due to take place early next month.

 

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