Over the weekend PAN had news that Allan Day, photo-agency salesman extraordinaire, passed away peacefully on Thursday, 11th January aged 91.
John Selby – of Rex Features’ founding family -sent PAN this: Allan began his Fleet Street career as a messenger for Planet News at the age of 15, going on to work for UPI, Popperfoto and Pictorial Press. He was recruited by Rex Features photo agency in 1966, when founders Frank and Elizabeth Selby recognised his outstanding abilities as a salesman. Joining a team of just 5, Allan contributed greatly to the growth and success of Rex, and became Sales Director in 1971, staying with the Company until his retirement in 2002, by which time Rex had grown to a staff of over 90.
He was revered by photographers and picture editors alike, the former secure in the knowledge that their photo-exclusives were in safe hands, the latter in anticipation of the next days’ offering of top-quality photo stories and exclusives to show to their Editors.
Many of the major headline-making exclusives published in the British Press came through Allan’s hands. He was known for his professionalism and integrity, trusted implicitly by both sides of the industry, and loved and respected by his colleagues.
Allan’s funeral will be on Wednesday 7th February at 1.30pm, All Saint’s Parish Church, Church Lane, Writtle, Essex CM1 3EN.
His family request no flowers, contributions to The Alzheimer Society.
• Rex Features founders, the Selby family, are preparing a full obituary to Allan which we will post as soon as we get it.
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Thanks to John Selby, Greg Watts and Rick Colls for additional details on this report.