Roger Willgoose

Fred and Roger

Born in 1935, Roger lived in Trowell near Nottingham until he married Jean in 1968 when they settled in Stapleford. He attended Trowell Infants School and Ilkeston Grammar School until he joined the Nottingham Evening Post in 1952 as a commercial artist. After 2 years National Service in the RAF, where he learned aerial photography, he returned to the Post, qualified as a Press Photographer and continued in that role for the next 37 years. He loved taking pictures for the sports department, especially football and he was an avid supporter of Derby County.
Never having owned a pet, Roger was not happy with the prospect of suddenly adopting a Yorkshire terrier. His anxieties were soon to be dispelled by the feisty young dog and the bond that developed between them produced this book in 1981. The manuscript was gifted to Jean but after several rejections by publishers it was ‘mislaid’, only to be discovered in 2013 two and a half years after Roger’s death.
Roger was a kind, caring and talented man. Publishing this book is a suitable memorial to celebrate his character, his generosity and his popularity. He will always be remembered.