I never realised that Arkwright in Open All Hours was based around an actual person. Its a shame that he's passed away but how fantastic to be such an inspiration and what a character he seemed to be. I loved this programme - one of the best comedy's ever written (and acted). (Full Story) He told BBC Wales in an interview back in 2003 that ''Hopefully, you can make a name for yourself. Dante said 'you only pass this way but once'." I think he managed to do that.