Ricky Tomlinson Helps Out

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  1. Fair play to Ricky Tomlinson, after hearing this report on the local radio in Merseyside he phoned up asking for the old boys details so he could give him the money back and a bit more on top:


    Veteran robbed in city centre

    Aug 8 2008 by Liza Williams, Liverpool Daily Post

    A WORLD War II veteran was forced to the floor while attackers rifled through his pockets, stealing photographs and cash in Liverpool city centre.

    The 82-year-old victim was jumped on in Parker Street last Saturday as he left William Hill bookmakers at 7pm.

    Two men grabbed him from behind at the top of the stairs. One held him in a bear hug and, when the victim called for help, he placed his hands over his throat and mouth very tightly. The victim was forced to the floor while one of the offenders restrained him and the other went through his pockets.

    His wallet, cash and photographs of great sentimental value were taken. The pictures showed the victim’s dead wife and his children when they were young.

    He received minor injuries to his shoulders and chest and was left badly shaken by the attack.

    The offenders are described as black, in their early 20s, between 5ft 9in to 10in, of stocky build, clean shaven with dark hair and wearing long-sleeved tops.

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    Here's the bit about Ricky offering help:

    BIG-hearted TV star Ricky Tomlinson yesterday pledged to help a World War II hero who was mugged in the street.

    He offered to replace cash cowardly thugs stole from the 82-year-old.

    Ricky, 68 — Jim Royle in comedy The Royle Family — heard of the attack in Liverpool on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    He rang in and said: “I don’t know how much the poor old fella lost but you find out exactly what it was and I’ll give him it and a few bob on top so he can go out and have a proper drink.”

    The man, who served in Europe and Burma, suffered minor injuries.


    As Jim Royle would probably say ''Robbers - My Arse, thieving little shitbags''.
     
  2. Good show Thomo. He was the chief plasterer whilst the Pontins in Prestatyn was being built. Not alot of people know that. Also, there was trouble with the pay scheme on said build, causing him to strike with the rest of his union workers. He then lost his job and that was what caused him to go into comedy. Not alot of people know that either.
     
  3. ...he's a comedian????

    8O 8O 8O 8O 8O

    Must be one of the alternative ones then - you know, the ones that aren't funny...

    Nice gesture to the WW2 old boy though.

    Rodney2q
     
  4. His autobiography RICKY, is a very good read, decent guy in my opinion. Well done that man.

    CTC
     
  5. Nor that he was a member of the National front for four years and now speaks alongside Tommy Sheridan at Far Left political meetings. He lost his job as he was sent to prison for two years for his role in a notoriously violent strike, rightly or wrongly, been described as a political thug by Special Branch (again controversially) and he's also had his phone tapped by MI5 as well. A colourful life to be sure!

    reader writes - In the latest column by Building readers, Peter Starbuck attacks Ricky Tomlinson's account of events leading to the trial of the Shrewsbury two – or was it seven?
    Your profile on eric Tomlinson last year set my mind working. I met him twice, in 1972 and 1973, and I have to say, his self-portrayal as a saviour of the construction industry, whose object was to effect change for the better, does not fit with the facts as I remember them. Nor does the account he gives in his book Ricky, which was published before Christmas. In the past few weeks I have spoken to workmen who met him, a fellow defendant at his trial, the police and a defence lawyer. None can recall any positive outcome from his actions.
    At the centre of Tomlinson's story is his prosecution as part of the "Shrewsbury seven", which followed a violent strike in the Shropshire area. This is what really happened.

    On 6 September 1972, Tomlinson was one of the organisers of the flying pickets who assembled at Oswestry Labour Club to load their coaches with crates of beer. How do I know? I was the co-owner of the largest contractor in the town and some of our men were with the strikers. The strike was official, but the flying pickets were not.

    In Tomlinson's account, the pickets were peaceful and asked permission to talk to the men on the sites. This is not supported by the evidence. The pickets' first visit was to Kingswood Oak, a housing site in Shrewsbury. I arrived just behind them. They were led by Des Warren, the communist who had earlier caused havoc on the "strike a day site" at the London Barbican development. Warren delivered a tirade to the workers assembled in the canteen. When two senior police officers entered the building, Warren told them to "f*** off!", which they promptly did.

    Shortly afterwards, the strikers arrived at our housing site at Severn Meadows. Tomlinson came to the barrier at the entrance where I told him that it was private property and that they had no right to enter. He used the same choice words as Warren, and the hoard ran across our site until they reached the River Severn where they threw a Tarmac compressor into the river and threatened to throw Bob Gray, a reporter from The Shropshire Star, after it.

    The pickets then moved in convoy along the A5 to Telford where they attacked and hospitalised Clifford Growcott, who was working on Sir Robert McAlpine's Brookside housing estate. Growcott's recollection is that he was punched and kicked like a football, and although Tomlinson was not directly involved in the violence, when Growcott sees him on television he relives his traumatic experience.

    The outcome of the event was the trial of the Shrewsbury seven (Tomlinson calls them the Shrewsbury two). I was a Crown Court witness. This was my second meeting with Tomlinson – and this time I spoke and he listened. Warren and Tomlinson were both imprisoned, as were four others now long forgotten.

    According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, Tomlinson was surprised that the special branch tagged him "a thug". I wasn't. He believes that the trial was politically motivated and that the Tory government and big contractors were out to get him and his chums. In my opinion, it was their picketing that was politically motivated, and which made the trial imperative. The strike leaders were attempting to overturn democracy.

    Sir Robert McAlpine was in the news in Building last week, which will interest Tomlinson who seems to be magnetised by the firm. He worked on its Wrexham by-pass project, invaded its Telford site and accused Sir Alfred McAlpine of keeping his horses in a better condition than he kept his workmen. The fact that McAlpine died 25 May 1944 was overlooked. I find "Ricky" Tomlinson entertaining, but Eric cannot collect all his facts. News goes round in circles, and Tomlinson and McAlpine are both part of the merry-go-round. There are no prizes for spotting how the two differ.


    From Building, a magazine serving the construction industry.
     
  6. The man is a whinging Trotskyite scrote, a known rider of the "It's not fair, you are only picking on us because we are scousers" bandwagon and a convicted felon. Personally I think he's lovely but there you go...
     
  7. Whatever Ricky has or hasn't done in the past is immaterial in this case I believe, he's helped out an old WWII veteran and that will do for me. Not many of the new wave of celeb luvvies have done that.
     
  8. A nice gesture from another boring professional Scouser.
     
  9. Certainly not criticising what he's done in this instance, however his autobiography is fairly revisionist in its content...
     
  10. sure thing gents. Its a thread about Tomlinson doing a good deed - which was a very kind act.
     
  11. Indeed it was,
    although I don't know much about the man so I'm unsure whether it is publicity or true kindness.
    But since I don't know about him im inclined to think well of him
     
  12. I'm sure he has changed/mellowed as he's grown older, though he retains his political views, and agree this is probably a genuine act of kindness.

    Can't deny his colourful past though, and I'm not sure his links with Tommy Sheridan do him any favours.
     
  13. OK thread might be a bit disjointed, but I had to delete that racism and responding posts out
     
  14. Yeah ok sorry bout that mate,
    wont happen again.
     
  15. Wouldn't it have been better if he'd just sent the old boy some money anonymously rather than telling the press about it as well?