Derek at the Door

Remembering a Gentleman

Part of Audlem’s high street

Audlem is quite the beauty spot with its canals, painted narrow boats and mix of historic buildings. We took all our visiting relations there when we lived in Alsager and later on from Whitmore; it was a great destination any time of year. We had all grown to love this place so it was an easy choice to draw the main high street – some five years ago now.

Derek loading the newspapers for the day

I include figures in my drawings as they are the life of the street. I take photos of the buildings and whoever is passing by at the time gets drawn in. Sometimes I find out about them later – like I discovered that the gentleman here at the door of Williams is Derek Mckelvey, so much part of the history of Audlem and a delight to meet and chat to when I called in to the shop.

I was very sorry to learn he passed away early in the New Year. My condolences to all the family and the community as they say their goodbyes.

Sunny day in August 2013 – a passing moment when Derek was at the door.

4 thoughts on “Derek at the Door”

  1. Ronnie you are so amazingly kind ! I received the picture through the post today – what a lovely surprise. I will absolutely treasure it. You are such a kind. sweet person – I cannot thank you enough and tell you what a joy & a comfort it is to have this gift from you, at this sad time. You are not just a talented artist, but you are also a wonderful lady and a true friend xxx

    1. You’re very welcome Judy. You were kind to me from the outset and how lovely that your Dad popped out to load the papers just as I passed by! Special moments to treasure – like your Dad. Sending you and your family lots of love. Ronnie xx

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