Tributes to popular Ruthin antique dealer "Steptoe"


Shane Brennan

A BELOVED antiques dealer and entertainer has died.

Idris Evans who also went by the name of Steptoe ran a second hand shop on Wynnstay Road in Ruthin.

Mr Evans closed the shop last year after 30 years of buying and selling second hand goods and antiques.

In the shop, Mr Evans bought and sold gold and acted as a pawn broker, the only Welsh speaking broker in the region.

Mr Evans was also an author, painter, raconteur, entertainer and broadcaster.

After closing the shop, Mr Evans, who lived in Llangollen, was a popular public speaking on the topics of: The cattle drovers, the men who walked animals three hundred miles; memories of a bygone era, a humorous recollection of life of a Welsh farm with candles for lights and no amenities; wise words and country ways, some of the funny sayings of country folk; treasures of the most sacred river in Europe – the River Dee; The last prince of Wales,

The author of two books, Mr Evans was also a keen restorer of vintage vehicles and historic children’s vehicles.

Mr Evan opened the shop in the 1980s and named it after the BBC television comedy Steptoe and Son, which was being repeated at the time..

At one stage, he even had a model horse and cart outside the shop which became famous in the town.

Mr Evans was also an accomplished painter, and was proud of the reproduction masterpiece he painted which hangs at Ruthin’s oldest house, Nantclwyd y Dre.

Former Ruthin mayor, Anne Roberts said: “I used to pass his shop and he was a great character; he’d always say ‘how are you, cariad?’.

“He was a huge character in Ruthin.”

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