In this section of the site we record the deaths and celebrate the lives of people who have been our friends and have been involved with Optical Busstop in someway. If you would like to add your own tributes to any of the people listed below please get in touch with us via the Contact page.

Although not one of the Optical Busstop group Jack was a friend to most of us. We haven't got his exact dates yet but his funeral is at Overdale on Wednesday 26th October 2016.

Mick 2014Mick Hayes in 2014Mick died aged 64 years old in the Royal Bolton Hospital on the 9th December 2015. He had been admitted a couple of weeks earlier suffering from Pancreatic cancer.

He was a good, old hippie friend who will be missed by all but particularly by Nat & Paul who met with him at least once a week over the years. Although Mick wasn't part of Optical Busstop, he was a friend to all of us in it, largely through knowing many as he was a student at Bolton's Art School.

He can be seen in many of the photographs on this site - he seemed to have a knack of appearing in them.

Though he wasn't Scottish and had no connections to Scotland, in 2014 he decided to buy a Scottish outfit (see picture) and was very proud of it.

He was a trained painter and decorator but though he did occasionally practice his trade largely didn't.

His finest hour came in the late 80s/early 90s when he nursed his mother through treatment for cancer.

After her death he increasingly suffered from depression and in 1996 after an argument with his father he went out of an upstairs window in his home suffering severe injuries, in fact, at one stage he was clinically dead.

Nevertheless, he survived and, whilst he was never the same man again, he remained a good friend, particularly down at the pub.

In his later years, he started learning to play the guitar and started hiking, even though his first hike with Nat and Paul was pretty horrendous, starting in a blizzard and beset by snow drifts & strange animals en route - it took him 3 pints at the Bob Smithy to recover.

The end came quickly and without pain. We will miss him greatly.   


HenryKenneth Henry Heap, as the judges called him, or simply 'Henry' as he was known widely by acquaintances, friends and family alike, died at an early age and is sadly missed by us all.

As a teenager he was one of the coolest cats around. He had a huge (largely stolen) record collection including an impressive Blues section, this being the music Henry loved best, particularly the early country blues.

He was always into photography and at one stage studied to degree level.


Mike Syddall 19/12/1943 to 13/4/2013

Mike Syddall who died suddenly and unexpectedly on 13th April 2013, he had gone into Bolton Royal Hospital for what was supposed to be a routine operation and died whilst in the recovery ward shortly after it.

Mike had many jobs including electrician, plumber and milk man; though it was his passion for photography, he was a longstanding member of Bolton's Photographic Society, that brought him into working with Optical Busstop.

He was also a friend who we went out with fairly regularly. 

We can't quite believe he's gone, he will be greatly missed!

Romy Romy Baskerville died early in January 2012.

If you have memories of Romy and want to share them on this site please send them to us via the Contact page.

There was a celebration of her life and work at the Octagon Theatre on Sunday 25 March organised by Les Smith, hosted by Andy Hay with attendance of over 500 family, friends, fellow actors, writers, directors and musicians some of whom performed.