"Doug was disfellowshipped a couple of years later for immorality. I have mentioned once before that he was given a minimum DF time of 10 years."
Why did they do that?
Doug Turnbull was a huge, charismatic man, who was also something of a showman. He was our District Overseer for a time and I remember how, when he gave the talk at an indoor assembly at the Dominion Theatre, Hounslow, he had the spotlights on him the whole hour (Remember how the cinema ice-cream ladies were lit up in the intervals?), he really was "In the limelight".
Also at the baptisms at that assembly, he stood by the pool helping the newly immersed one's out of the water.
I am told that when he went astray he knew he would be DF'd, and he and his consort together, fornicator and fornicatrix, told the DF'ing committee that they were prepared to be DF'd and that they had planned it this way even before they had done the dreadful deed.
The locals couldn't handle it, so a special committee was set up at Mill Hill, the London bethel. When they heard of Dougs intent to serve his time and then to apply for re-instatement before he had even done anything wrong, they decided he was taking the Mickey somewhat and banned him from re-instatement for a minimum of 10 years.