Brian Hore (OL 1949 - 1956)
Brian Hore became a consultant psychiatrist and world expert on alcoholism, despite some unpromising early medical experiences at John Lyon.
Brian was born in North West London in 1937. He was the only child of Gladys and Harold Hore. They lived together with his grandma (Gladys’s mother) in Ealing Road in Wembley. Harold worked as a laboratory scientist at St George’s Hospital in London. Brian attended a local prep school before going on to John Lyon School. It was here he met his oldest friend Roy Seymour. As a young boy Brian had a season ticket to watch Chelsea, seeing them win their first league title in 1955. What was to develop into a lifelong love of watching sport also included trips to cricket at Lords and the Oval and Ice Hockey and Speedway at the Empire Stadium in Wembley.
At John Lyon, Brian was involved with the Christian Union and the CCF, and played for the Second XI cricket team. As sergeant of the CCF Ambulance Section, he encouraged other boys to join him, while having no running water in the first aid courses he ran. Undeterred, he brought buckets of fresh water each morning to the first aid area. Fortunately this rudimentary experience of medicine did not put Brian off from joining the medical profession. Completing his A levels after being seriously unwell with typhoid in an isolation hospital, Brian got a place at university to study medicine at St Bartholomew’s (Barts) medical school in Clerkenwell in London.
Brian recounts telling Boyd-Campbell, the then Headmaster, about his success in getting into medical school. He would then say that Boyd-Campbell replied 'You Hore, got a place at St Bartholomew's medical School.......Are you sure?'
He was the first member of his family to go to university. His love of sport continued to flourish whist he was college. In one football match he top scored with five goals, a feat which grabbed the headlines in the Bart’s student newspaper. Whilst at university, Brian met Eva Shepherd at a student dance. Eva was also studying at London University training to be a teacher. They married after they had completed their studies. Brian started his career as a doctor and he and Eva bought their first house together at Langford Place in Sidcup. Their eldest son Ian was born in 1968 followed by the birth of their second son Andrew in 1971.
Brian decided to specialise in the field of mental health and in 1971 secured a post as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Manchester which meant for the first time in his life, he left London. The family subsequently moved to Ashlet House in Handforth Road in Wilmslow, where Brian remained for over 40 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his new role and his commitment to it was demonstrated by the fact he would take his young family to visit the psychiatric hospitals and alcoholic hostels where he worked, each Christmas Day. Before retiring from the National Health Service in 1996, Brian helped thousands of people recover from mental illness and alcohol addiction, a speciality in which he gained international recognition. He had numerous academic papers published and wrote two books, whilst also being invited to lecture by the World Council on Alcoholism in places as far afield as Iraq, East Germany and Japan. He was a driving force in setting up and developing pioneering services such as the Alcohol Treatment Unit at Withington Hospital and the Turning Point Charity, of which he was a trustee for many years. After moving north, Brian and Eva enjoyed life in Cheshire and South Manchester. Brian started supporting Manchester City and became a season ticket holder in the early 1970s, continuing to attend matches until 2018.
He also enjoyed watching the Lancashire and the England cricket teams at both Old Trafford and Lords. Brian’s love of Manchester City and sport generally is something he was proud to have passed on to both his sons. Throughout his life Brian enjoyed film, theatre and good food. He and Eva had season tickets for the Royal Exchange Theatre and enjoyed productions both there, at the Palace Theatre and Opera House in Manchester. He always enjoyed dining out, with two of his favourite restaurants being the Belfry Hotel in Handforth and San Carlos in Manchester and Hale. Brian and Eva’s life together was very sadly cut short when Eva was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 1998. On retiring he was able to share subsequent happy years with his second wife Jan, having previously known each other as friends who lived on the same road for over twenty years. Over this time they would socialise and travel extensively together, something which Brian had always enjoyed. Brian also enjoyed spending time with Jan’s family, her son Richard, his wife Joanna, and her daughter Joanna, her husband Edward and later on their children Rose and Bear.
In 2000 Brian’s first grandchild, Eva arrived followed by Tom 2 years later. They were the children of his youngest son Andrew and his wife Catherine. When Andrew and his family moved to Derbyshire in 2002, Brian was able to enjoy spending time with them all at their home in Belper and at his home in Wilmslow. Brian started to become unwell around five years ago, eventually being diagnosed as having Parkinson’s disease sometime later. Despite the challenges he was facing during this period, in 2016 Brian took great joy in the arrival of his third grandchild Shelby, the daughter of his eldest son Ian and his wife Heather. Brian was admitted to hospital in October 2018. From this time onwards, he spent increasing periods in hospital and in care homes due to his deteriorating health. With support, Brian however was able to enjoy an extended period of time in the home he loved between February and November 2019. At this point he was admitted to hospital again and subsequently suffered from a number of health conditions that contributed to his passing in July 2020.