Queen’s Guide to Morecambe Bay Cedric Robinson dies at age 88
Cedric Robinson, best known as the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, has died aged 88.
Over 57 years, the royally-appointed guide had led more than 500,000 walkers including the late Prince Philip across the dangerous 120 sq miles of quicksands and tidal mudflats at Morecambe Bay, north-west England.
Mr Robinson retired in 2019, aged 86, when told it was time to stop by Lord Cavendish, trustee of the Guide Over Sands Trust.
He had been the 25th and longest-serving holder of the post, starting in 1963. Set up in 1548, the role pays £15 a year. He was succeeded by Michael Wilson two years ago.
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The Guide over Sands Trust confirmed Mr Robinson had died on Friday.
In a statement posted on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday, the team of Marshalls said: “It is with great sadness that we write this post. No words can be wrote to explain just how we all feel.
“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.
“It was and always will be an honour to be your friend, 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 and kept going all he could, now Cedric it is time to rest your sandy feet and keep an eye on us from up there.
“Your team of marshalls old and new thought the world of you Cedric.”
A family spokesman told the BBC that Mr Robinson had “pioneered fundraising cross-bay walks and was responsible for leading 6,000 charity walkers a year, avoiding the treacherous quicksands and dangerous areas”.
Mr Robinson grew up in the village of Flookburgh, Cumbria. He knew every inch of the bay as his father, a fisherman, taught him cockle picking from the age of 14.
The sands at Morecambe Bay are notorious for their fast-rising tide.
In February 2004, 23 Chinese cockle pickers aged between 18 and 45 drowned while working illegally in the bay under the orders of a criminal gang.
Speaking about the disaster, Mr Robinson had said the tide could come in from all directions cutting off all routes of escape. He’d said many people had died over the years, even experienced people, but especially those who did not know what they were doing.
Over 57 years the royally appointed guide had led more than 500,000 walkers including the late Prince Philip across the quicksands