Ronnie’s portfolio of his pal Billy is stunning
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