It is always sad when someone passes away, but if they managed to lead a good and productive life and left a mark, then the news isn’t all bad.
One man who made a business out of registration marks was Noel Woodall. He was 82 years old and is credited with inventing the personalised number-plate business.
Whatever your views on private plates, and I have yet to be convinced, it is at least harmless and in a free country if you want people to see you coming, or going, then why not?
I love the fact that he coined the term ‘autonumerology’ and published his first book ‘Celebrities’ in 1962. He certainly knew the way the world was going and the book is packed with anecdotes about Arthur Askey (AA10), Norman Wisdom (NW4) and George Formby (GF1 and GF2). Incidentally, younger readers, these were the film stars, stand-ups and acclaimed banjolele players of their day.