The first question that some of you will ask is:
Who was Alan Bott?
Alan Bott was a Manxman, born in Douglas in 1920, Just before the outbreak of World War Two, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force and it was this that led to his long association with York.
He was posted to Yorkshire where he was billeted in Shipton-By-Benningborough and it was here that he met and married Mary Mark, daughter of a local farmer.
Since the end of the war, Alan spent much of his life living in the York area and participating in many local activities. He was a member of the committee that established the RAF memorial in York Minster, he was a guide at Benningborough Hall, and a member of the York Multiple Sclerosis Branch where he was instrumental in getting Woodlands built in the 1980s, and it was for this reason that the charity was named after him
He died in 2008 aged 88. Mary died in 2021 aged 100.