A true gentleman and Hong Kong legend

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 April, 2001, 12:00am

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ralph Pixton.

He was a colleague during my time in Hong Kong from 1977 to 1993, when I was at RTHK and then in business with Duty Free Shoppers and as a freelance.

I read of his demise on the Internet, and I will be adding a tribute to him in my speech 'HK Now', which I deliver at bookings all over Britain.

I recall recording a programme with Ralph entitled The Pleasure's Ours, in which he talked about his life and times. My wife and I were treated with the utmost courtesy by Ralph in 1977, when we arrived in Hong Kong as I joined RTHK from the BBC.

I still have a copy of his slim book Open Line that modestly told many stories based around his popular programme.

Barrie Wiggham, former Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs in the US, sadly remembered Ralph's career when we learned of his death last week.

Ralph may have been a bit of Hong Kong history, but he certainly was a very worthwhile and positive piece.

He will be fondly remembered.


Heathfield, East Sussex, England