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Ronnie Archer-Morgan

Ronnie Archie-Morgan

Ronnie Archer-Morgan was born in 1951.
During an episode of BBC's Antiques Roadshow in 2017 Ronnie Archer Morgan met a collector, Sue, who had brought the Sooty and Sweep glove puppets along. Sue's father had owned these two puppets. He had had a long connection with The Sooty Show and Harry Corbett (1918-1989) as he had made props for the show for twenty years. The programme itself was first screened in 1948 and is still thought to be the longest running children’s programme. For Ronnie, the show was a big part of his early life. The young Ronnie actually met Harry Corbett. This was when the famed TV presenter visited the children’s home in Merseyside, back in 1955.

Ronnie became quite emotional as it brought back memories of the time he spent in the Children’s home. He said of the famous Harry Corbett – “when he came to my home I had the privilege of him sitting next to me and he let him play with his puppets. Harry Corbett sat next to me, and he let me put these puppets on my hand. And I do often think about it, and how charmed I was to be privileged enough to the things that most inspired me, and made my world go round, Sooty and Sweep, when I was five years old...They charmed generations of children in an age that seems, at this distance, far more innocent."

Following the episode, a letter came from a foster family who had cared for Ronnie on weekends. The letter included a photograph of Ronnie with long lost friend, Anna, when the two were around 4 or 5 years of age. Anna, now living in New Zealand, came to England later that year for an “extraordinary” reunion. The two children had been inseparable in the children’s home, but one day Ronnie was removed and the children had no way of staying in contact. Prior to becoming a presenter on Antiques Roadshow, Ronnie Archer-Morgan had careers as a DJ, a laboratory technician, and a hairdresser. During his lunch hour, he would duck out to purchase items from local antique shops, bring them back to the hair dressing salon and show them to his many celebrity clients, often making money from on-selling the items.

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