There has been a huge and touching outpouring of sadness and warm-hearted memory since the sad passing of local musician and entertainer Adrian Wigley last weekend.
Adrian was not only a son of Brownhills where he lived all his life, but a record breaker, wit, good guy and friend to the many, many people he met and chatted to on his daily trips to town.
Adrain’s great friend Simon Reeves, who worked with Adrian on the entertainment circuit, yesterday evening asked if I’d post this wonderful tribute to his pal.
I’m happy and honoured to oblige – this is a loyal and beautiful tribute to a good friend.
From Sankeys Club on Lichfield Road to Blackpool North Pier, Adrian Wigley performed and entertained all over the country playing his keyboard and singing songs for everyone to enjoy.
Singing and performing were like eating jam to Ade (we will get into that later) but he wasn’t just a solo act, he performed with many talented people such as Chick Bennett, Ronnie Noble and the famous Trevor Rowley, before finishing his entertainment career working with myself, Simon Reeves.
Adrian was a very generous man and would help anyone, which brings me to is charity work – playing keyboard with his nose, tongue and elbow, setting and breaking world records! Adrian also raised funds for hospitals, including Stoke Mandeville and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, work he often achieved working with Reg Morris.
Adrian loved Brownhills and lived in Great Charles Street with his Mom and Dad, dwelling there for 65 years before his passing.
Adrian was loved by many but he had a soft spot for only a few. He adored going round Brownhills and speaking to people, his favourite places being the Star Cafe and Tesco – where he wud buy endless amounts of jam and biscuits!
It was a running joke that Adrian went to Tesco everyday and the staff would know what he was buying. He loved the Star Cafe and his favourite line in there would be ‘Nora – loads of sugar! My sugar levels!’
During Adrian’s final few months he started to get tired a lot and would only go to Brownhills once a day instead of the 3 or 4 times he usually did. Taken to hospital on 4th January, Adrian was admitted to a ward, where he fell gravely ill and was rushed to intensive care where he finally passed away peacefully and in no pain at 00:50 on Sunday 15th January 2017.
I love you mate.
Adrian Thomas Wigley
14.10.41 to 15.01.17
Thanks to Simon for such an excellent and emotional tribute. Please, if you have anything to add, any memories of Adrian, please feel free to add them here – comment on this post or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.
My condolences, and those of the readers and the wider community to Simon and all who loved and knew Adrian.