Alan Eastling RidleyBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2460 (Published 31 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2460
- Jane Pooley
Alan Eastling Ridley was born in Newcastle; his parents were Arthur and Nance Ridley. Arthur was a manager for British Rail, and Nance was a milliner. Alan grew up in Whitley Bay, an only child. He attended Whitley Bay Grammar School, where he excelled both academically and on the sports field. He maintained a lifelong love for rugby, cricket, and tennis, and was still playing squash in his 50s.
Alan did his junior doctor training in general practice and maternity. He enjoyed sharing stories of delivering babies by lamp light on farm kitchen tables to his …