A saint, a sinner and an unforgettable character

A saint, a sinner and an unforgettable character

Prominent Port Vale columnist Martin Tideswell has reflected on former Port Vale Chairman Bill Bell who passed away on Tuesday.

I didn’t know what to make of this eccentric car salesman with a glint in his eye…

In his blog posting, Tideswell writes:

‘It’s a good little runner,’ were the first words Bill Bell said to me.

No, he wasn’t referring to Andy Porter. Rather, the then Vale Chairman was actually showing me my new company car – a bright yellow Austin Metro. I kid you not.

The year was 1990 and I had just started as a cub reporter at Smith Davis Press in Burslem – a firm which, at the time, leased all its cars from Bill’s dealership on Sandbach Road.

I didn’t know what to make of this eccentric car salesman with a glint in his eye and more than a whiff of cigars about him.

To read the full article please click on this link:

http://martintideswell.com/2013/02/13/a-saint-and-a-sinner-bill-bell-one-of-vales-unforgettable-characters/

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