Key business figure dies at the age of 76

Rowland Maughan.
Rowland Maughan.

A popular and well known local businessman has died at the age of 76.

Rowland Maughan, of F E Maughan in Whitley Bay, spent all his working life in the business his father Frank established in 1938, helping it grow from a small front counter shop.

He also helped develop the builders merchant side of the company, in Holystone, now run by his children David, Michael and Catherine.

He was raised in Seaton Sluice, moving to Whitley Bay when he married his wife of 53 years Ann in 1963.

Along with friends Rowland formed concert party group The Coastonians.

He was a founder member of the Whitley Bay Pantomime Society, performing in their first ever production in 1964 and 42 consecutive shows.

His other great passion was football, and aged just 11 he became Secretary of Seaton Sluice United and at 15 became, at the time, one of the youngest qualified referees in the country.

He then moved into the administrative side being elected onto the Northumberland Football Association Council in 1986.

A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at the Church of St Mary the Virgin Monkseaton on Thursday, April 28, at 2pm.

A spokesperson for Whitley Bay Pantomime Society said: “We have lost a much loved member who will be missed by his many friends in the Society and our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife and family.”