WHO'S WHO: Laugh-a-minute newsagent Ronnie Vaughan
Newsagent Ronnie Vaughan has been raising laughs in Golders Green for decades. The 77-year-old, who works at a shop at the train station, is now proving a hit on website YouTube after posting clips of his comedy musings. HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN GOLD
Newsagent Ronnie Vaughan has been raising laughs in Golders Green for decades. The 77-year-old, who works at a shop at the train station, is now proving a hit on website YouTube after posting clips of his comedy musings.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN GOLDERS GREEN?
I first started working here during the war with my dad as a painter and decorator. That was when I was 14 - we all started school earlier then, when we were three, and there were no examinations in the war.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT GOLDERS GREEN?
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The diversity, the number of people with different opinions, politically or otherwise. I'm absolutely Conservative, a working class Conservative - that will raise a few eyebrows in this area. Some of my customers are Guardian readers, but they're very nice people. There's not anything I don't like about Golders Green really, I rarely go out of it. Someone saw me about 10 years ago in North Finchley, I went there to get some paint. They said, "What are you doing here?" I said "I'm getting some paint, it's not Hong Kong, is it!"
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP IN THE AREA?
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I like Bar Linda just in front of Golders Green station - I'm probably their oldest customer. I go in there seven days a week, but the coffee and cakes have gone up in price in the 30 years I've been going there.
HAVE YOU SEEN ANY CELEBRITIES IN THE AREA?
I've met famous people passing by, though most of them are in cars, so you don't see too many. That chap who does the commentary on the mountains, Griff Rhys Jones, and the man in the white suit, Martin Bell, passes by all the time. There've been various footballers, like George Cohen, and (Edwina) Currie the MP, the one that had an affair with the Prime Minister. She bought a mag, gave me a Malteser, and asked me how to get somewhere. I told her 'Follow the major road'. A bit naughty.
FOOTBALL OR CRICKET?
I like them both. I support the Arsenal but I like cricket too - I remember when England used to play it.
IF YOU WERE MAYOR FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I'd bar the traffic in Golders Green for a start, and let everyone walk everywhere they want to walk. I'd have lovely music everywhere too.
IF YOU HAD A MILLION POUNDS TO SPEND IN A DAY WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would be unable to do anything in a day with it, but I'd most certainly sort out people who need it. That's an honest opinion, my daughters will vouch for it. I'm a very simple person. When I go to the park, I'm a millionaire. When I get in a hot bath after a cold day on the pitch, I'm a millionaire. Money doesn't mean anything.