As written by Peter Haining in 2007, sadly passing from this plain shortly after finishing his book True Hauntings.
Bob Hoskins, a pillar of the British cinema industry, who has made an international reputation from playing a diversity of roles from the Fascist dictator, Mussolini, in Mussolini and I (1985) to the straight man to a group of cartoon characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) also came to screen after a variety of jobs including filing clerk, accountant, labourer and picking mangoes and bananas in Israel.
One provided him with an experience he has never forgotten – as told by Jim Crace of the Sunday Telegraph:
“ When I was a lad I took a job as a porter at the old Covent Garden market. I was shifting some vegetables one evening when I saw a shadowy figure. It was a ghost – the ghost of a nun from the convent that the market was built on. I told this old porter about it, but he didn’t laugh at me. He said, “ Your privileged, son. You’ve seen the lady – you are going to have a lucky life.” He was dead right, wasn’t he? I’ve seen the lady and I’m leading a lucky life.”
Sadly BOB passed away last week in the early month of May 2014. He will be missed greatly by all.