Peter's arrival at Lampeter, in the Autumn of 1971, reverberated
through the undergraduate body. Here was this bearded and
seemingly ancient (in fact he was only 38) person of note and
distinction mixing with we poor undergrads. I remember his room
OB 17 and the door upon which he had fixed his card
Mr. Peter Allison B.A, JP.
I remember that Andy King introduced me to Peter and his first
reaction, after shaking my hand, was to offer me a glass of sherry.
It may surprise current members of The Club and even The
Returners to know that in fact the 16 Club was already in existence
at this time. However we were all agreed that here was a man for
whom the Club was made.
So, a few days later when we were sitting in a Terrapin Room and
thrashing out the membership for the academic year 1971/2 Peter's
name was on the top of the list and it took no more than one sip of
the dreaded rum bottle to get the required unanimous vote.Two
bottles later the rest of the membership was agreed!
We all have stories of Peter in his Lampeter postgrad days but for
me he was more than a refined, cultured and amusing associate.
He was also a good and kind friend who I owe a debt of gratitude.
It was Peter who found me a job when I was down on my luck and
even allowed me and my wife to share his house in Oxford until
such time as we could move into our own place.It was Peter who
stood by The Club and sorted out the many troubles and
tribulations that beset the different decades of young men, with all
their idiocies. It was Peter who showed round my son, Edward, and
convinced him that Lampeter was the place to go for your degree (
as he had done with countless students before and after).
We are all indebted to him. He was the embodiment of the concept
It gives me great pleasure to recall that at The Double 16 we
recognised that Peter may not have invented The 16 Club but
without a shadow of doubt he was the one who kept it going and
made it what it is. We all rose in unison to toast him and I just
caught a glimpse of his reaction; he was shaking his head to defer
such praise and attention, but I somehow knew that he was
Let's rejoice in the priviledge of having known this rock of a man.