Bill has paid tribute to his old friend Gordon Lee Whyman – who was the inspiration behind Bill’s name – and who has sadly passed away.

Bill revealed his friend, who Bill had known since his time in the RAF in Germany in 1955/6 – and who remained a great friend until the present day – has sadly passed away. Gordon was aged 79, and passed away in hospital in Horncastle in Lincolnshire on September 23.

Bill also revealed an amazing bit of history behind the relationship: Gordon Whyman was the friend that Bill says he took his name from, differing only the spelling.

Bill paid tribute to his friend, and says the he was a brilliant footballer. Both Bill and Gordon are shown in the photo above (both are ringed in red), and Bill also sent a photo taken with Gordon from a recent Rhythm Kings gig in Kings Lynn (below).

Gordon will be sadly missed.