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Solihull Advanced Motorists is sad to announce that Brian Irons, former SAM Secretary and observer, passed away on 7th January 2018 in hospital from pneumonia. On behalf of the committee and members, SAM has passed on its condolences and deepest sympathy to Brian’s wife, daughter and family.


Brian Irons passed his IAM Advanced Driving Test in 1996 and joined the SAM committee soon after and also became an observer. Some 20 years later, in May 2016 Brian retired from the committee and as an observer, having been Secretary since 2003 and SAM Public Contact for over 16 years. Brian worked hard to support and promote both Solihull Advanced Motorists and the IAM over the years, liaising with the IAM, committee members, observers, and the public. Brian attended SAM theory courses and public events in order to promote better driving practice and the IAM Advanced Test and helped many people to pass the IAM Advanced Driving Test. It’s a legacy of which we can all be very proud.


A lovely man and a gentleman who will be missed by all his family and friends and everyone in SAM.


Oliver Turley

Chief Observer

On behalf of the Committee of Solihull Advanced Motorists

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