Cedric Robinson Death – Cedric Robinson, the man who guided walkers across the treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay for over 56 years has died at the age of 88. The job was created in 1548 during the dissolution of the monasteries, when the reigning monarch inherited an obligation to appoint guides for travellers over the sands of the bay. A family spokesman said: “He pioneered fundraising cross-bay walks and was responsible for leading 6,000 charity walkers a year, avoiding the treacherous quicksands and dangerous areas.”
Robinson was born into a cockle-fishing family in the village of Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands, Robinson knew the sands like no other. He was forced into a reluctant retirement in 2019 after struggling to recover from two hernia operations, guiding walkers in his tractor in his later years.
Robinson and his wife, Olive, moved into Guides Farm, a ramshackle cottage right on the coast in Kents Bank which comes with the job. Earlier during that time they had no electricity or running water and even in recent years an open fire was their main source of heating. Earlier this year he joined his successor, Michael Wilson, guiding a group of naturists across the bay.
Wilson and other marshals from the Guide Over Sands Trust said in a statement; expressing their grieve in the passing of Cedric Robinson.
“It is with great sadness that we write this post. Last night at the grand age of 88 our beloved Cedric Robinson closed his eyes for the last time, Cedric is now at peace and is with his wife Olive who he missed so much. Cedric had a huge following and we know that this news will make the community shed a tear upon reading this. Cedric joined us this year out on the sand – even though he had retired he kept going all he could. Now Cedric it is time to rest your sandy feet and keep an eye on us from up there.”
Photo Credits – Christopher Thomond/ The Guardian.