Founder Chairman of Wicklewood Archive, Bruce Robinson dies, July 2016
Death of former Free Press sports editor Bruce Robinson
A former Free Press and Spalding Guardian sports editor and local historian has died, aged 80.
Bruce Robinson was well-known in Long Sutton for writing the history of the town and was also a popular Eastern Daily Press columnist.
Born in Long Sutton in 1935, he attended the Gleed Secondary Modern School in Spalding before joining the Free Press as a junior reporter in 1951.
He did National Service with the RAF in Worksop from 1953 to 1955, before becoming sports editor of the Guardian and Free Press, where he often covered Spalding United and Holbeach United Football Clubs.
Bruce left to join the EDP in Norwich in 1959, where he covered the fortunes of Norwich City FC for 11 years.
He also wrote and compiled the popular Clement Court (Window on East Anglia) column in the EDP before becoming a sub-editor at the EDP and Norwich Evening News, retiring through ill health in 1993.
Between 1973 and his passing, Bruce wrote or co-wrote over 20 books (including the History of Long Sutton). Others were based on Norfolk history, walking, roads and tracks, and football.
He was married to Cynthia and the couple had four sons.
Bruce died peacefully at home in Sheringham, North Norfolk, on June 21 and his funeral will be held at St Faith’s Crematorium in the town on Monday, July 11, 1.15pm.
Bruce became Wicklewood Archive Chairman from inception in 2004 until he moved away from Wicklewood in 2007. (?)
Obituary by his wife Cynthia published in the Guardian newspaper.
Bruce Robinson wrote the National Trails guide to the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path in 1986
Thursday 14 July 2016
Quietly spoken, unassuming, browns and beige on the outside but inside seething with ideas that tumbled over each other to reach the daylight, my husband, Bruce Robinson, who has died aged 80, was a born writer; someone for whom the honing of a chapter was as natural as the squeezing of oranges he juiced each day for breakfast.
Born in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, son of Frank and Jessie, he preferred the local library to expand his knowledge, but completed formal education at the Gleed secondary modern school in Spalding. His claim never to have passed anything other than the driving test was belied by the 20 or so books that he produced, the first one being a history of Long Sutton written with his father, the town registrar.
After conscription into the RAF, Bruce joined the sports desk of the Eastern Daily Press and covered the 1966 World Cup final and a decade of the ups and downs of Norwich City, including the day they reached the top flight of English football for the first time in 1972. I was a junior reporter on the same paper.
Settled in Norfolk, he slipped gratefully into feature writing, bored with the growing cult of football writers who thought that their personal views were more important than reporting fairly and fully on the game. He was given free rein to write about local people, events and places (using the nom de plume of Clement Court) and this fostered his love of Norfolk and of the countryside.
With willing friends and his adventurous sons, he began to explore the ancient tracks and was largely responsible for the opening up of the Peddars Way in the 1970s.
He wrote the National Trails guide to the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, published in 1986.
After retirement in 1993 he wrote for pleasure, but already had one novel, A Skylark Descending, under his belt. He focused on local history, novels with a Norfolk connection and miscellanies, some of which he published himself.
Meticulous in his research, he built up an impressive reference library on East Anglia and especially on its archaeology.
In his last weeks, he managed to complete a concise history of Long Sutton and said, regretfully: “I’ve still got so many ideas for books.”
Bruce is survived by me, our four sons, David, Mike, Paul and Steve, and four grandchildren, David, Becky, Benjamin and Evelyn.