Ron­nie’s port­fo­lio of his pal Billy is stun­ning

Sunday Mail (UK) - - The Judge -

Ron­nie, though, re­mained a snap­per at heart. The small cam­era which fol lowed him ev­ery­where would ap­pear at ev­ery so­cial oc­ca­sion as well as be­ing ac­ti­vated on his trav­els when some­thing caught his eye. Ron­nie’s pic­tures of Billy Con­nolly were the re­sult of a long work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Big Yin, which blos­somed into a friend­ship.

Billy has had dif­fi­cult re­la­tion­ships with press pho­tog­ra­phers over the years… but not Ron­nie.

Mu­tual friend Rus­sell Kyle said: “I worked with Ron­nie when we were both learn­ing our trade in jour­nal­ism.

“I left news­pa­pers briefly to work with Billy at the start of his ca­reer. That’s when I met Ron­nie.

“Billy was man­aged by Uni­corn Leisure and Ron­nie be­came their un­of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher.

“He worked with Billy for a few years and his port­fo­lio of him is stun­ning.

“Uni­corn also owned the Apollo and Ron­nie had un­prece­dented ac­cess to many of the huge stars.”

ALS The Rolling Stones at St Enoch Ho­tel, Glas­gow, in 1966 partheid rally in Glas­gow in 1975 DARK DAY ROYAL SEAL OF AP­PROVAL After the Ibrox Sta­dium dis­as­ter in 1971 Ron­nie’s pic of Fred­die Mer­cury TOP CATCH Billy, wear­ing his ba­nana IN FO­CUS Star Billy and, top, at Cit­i­zens Theatre boots, on fish­ing trip

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