What Rick Astley is saying to Richmond Park

August 8, 2013

Cyclists and Richmond Park: we’ve known each other, for so long. But as you watch the deer staring at you riding around, you’ve probably never realised that on any given day west London’s verdant jewel is paid a visit by none other than… Rick Astley.

It’s absolutely true. He said so in the Daily Express last week. (Hey – don’t judge me. I look through all the papers. It’s part of my job. Seriously.)

Rick, 47, revealed: “I have lived close to Richmond Park for the past 18 years and it has become something of a spiritual home. It is a beautiful place and I normally try to take a walk there every day.

“In some ways I am quite a solitary person and really do need time to myself to reflect and relax.”

Fascinating stuff. And, by making this admission, I think we all know what he’s trying to say.

Rick, in a very real sense, is telling Richmond Park: “I’m never gonna give you up.”

Indeed, he is certain, given the special connection he has to the park, that he is never gonna run around and desert it.

That, essentially, is Rick’s message to Richmond Park.

Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see.

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