Kirdford pays tribute to Richard from the woods

The Kirdford community gathers to remember Richard SUS-140209-140735001
The Kirdford community gathers to remember Richard SUS-140209-140735001

THE Kirdford community turned out in force for the unveiling of two special tributes to a dearly-missed village resident.

There was a huge round of applause as a bench and weather vane were unveiled outside Kirdford Village Stores in honour of Richard Biggs, who died last year.

Chairman of the stores Sue Ransley said: “Richard was one of those rare colourful characters who lived in a tent on the edge of local woodland – hence his nickname ‘Richard who lives in the woods’.

“He was always ready with a story or a joke, and always telling you what the weather was going to do!

“He was a regular visitor to the stores, whether for breakfast or picking up the paper, he would regale anyone who was prepared to listen with his tales, and infinite wisdom on almost everything.

“After his death there was an outpouring of affection for the loss of this man 
and many residents gave generously to a collection to have something as a tribute to Richard.

“An amazing bench has been created for us by Andy Carlisle, and it is a thing of beauty.

“With oak donated by local resident Henry Nicholls, Andy has invested many hours of his spare time to build a unique and very special place to sit.

“Because of Richard’s ‘expertise’ we had a weather vane made for us by Les Meekings, installed by Alec Stoner on the shop roof.

“Our thanks to everyone who made it such a special afternoon.”