Ronnie Biggs, probably the most infamous of the great train robbers, due to his flamboyant lifestyle and his escape and evasion of the law, passed away recently. His son Michael Biggs has plan for what he wishes to do with his father’s ashes.
He intends to split the ashes into three (and a bit). The first third he intends to scatter at Bridego Bridge in Ledburn, Buckinghamshire on the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. The second portion will be sent to his ex-wife Charmian in Australia, with whom he was still on good terms with despite his hasty exit to Brazil to evade capture. Charmian wishes to scatter the ashes on the grave of their son who sadly died in a car crash in 1971, aged ten.
The remaining third of his father’s cremated remains Michael wishes to scatter at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whether that is allowed or not I do not know, but I doubt what the rules say will have much to do with it. The last bit Michael aims to keep and use in a memorial tattoo, a small but growing trend in which ashes are mixed with ink and thus incorporated into the tattoo.
I don’t think there is much point in me commenting about Mr Biggs, his colourful life has been well documented. What I find it interesting that his son has placed such symbolism in dispersing his father’s ashes and no matter what you may think of Mr Biggs senior clearly his son had a huge amount of love for him, which in part is demonstrated by his intensions. And I suppose the element that involves Bridego Bridge is aimed to represent his last famous two fingered salute…?