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Hello - Do you have any memories or stories about long-time Wirral resident, Ron Gittins who passed away in September 2019? Ron was a colourful and complicated character; very sociable, yet also something of a loner, at times. I'm working with his niece to help her gather stories and recollections about Ron. Doesn't matter whether those memories are big or small, I'd love to hear from you. Many thanks. Martin.

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For those that, like me, don't remember names https://ronsplace.co.uk/


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I never met Ron but one day I was cycling through Oxton when I saw him up the road wearing a top hat and carrying a rolled-up carpet over his shoulder. He had a reputation as being something of a Vivian Stanshall - incredibly creative but curmudgeonly at times.

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Thanks diggingdeeper - Good idea about posting the link to his flat.

philmch - I hear what you're saying about Viv Stanshall; a very interesting analogy. Top hat and a rolled up carpet over the shoulder - sounds like a good look.

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Hi, re- Ron Gittins.
I knew him many years ago when we both attended Palm Grove Methodist Church. At the time I didn't know about his artistic talents, but he was very interested in music. His idol was Buddy Holly and he used to dress like him even down to wearing the same style of glasses. He also used to play Buddy Holly music on his guitar and sing along. He was a complex character even in those days.
He was very interested in religion and there would be group meetings at his parents home very often led by Henry Williams who became his sister Pat's husband. I believe they are his niece's parents. Ron also had a younger sister named Joan who went to the church youth club where she was an exceptional jive dancer.
As you can see, I knew the whole family probably between 1959 and 1963 .
Palm Grove Methodist Church is no longer in existence as it was demolished some years ago.
I hope that this will be of some help to Ron's niece.
By the way, he was always known as Ronnie in those days.
Good luck with everything.
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Hi Harp1st,
Thank you very much for sharing your memories. Really interesting. Sorry about my slow reply!
I've met a few people who also knew him best as 'Ronnie' in those days and I've seen some great family photos where he does look like a real Buddy Holly type crooner. You are correct about Henry and Pat being Jan's folks, too.
It would be great to talk some more about your memories of those days.
If you'd like to do that, you can reach me by email and then maybe later perhaps you'd like to chat on the phone about him.
You can get me on: rondoc AT nova-inc.co.uk
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I've written the email in this slightly coded way to stop internet bots from hoovering up the address into their spam machines!!!
Best wishes,
Martin

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Hi Martin,
thanks for the reply.

I didn't know about Ron going to the Art School , so maybe it was after Ileft the area or maybe he went to evening classes there.
However it jogged my memory back to the time when I was there on school day release.
That aside, I was reading something the other day about the Dutch artist Escher. I don't know whether he was influenced by his Transformation period, but he kept drawing a lot of black and white designs which on reflection seemed as though he was trying to emulate him and his work. Some of Ron's were quite eye boggling and dizzying.

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Harp1st.


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