QUEEN'S Guide to the Sands Cedric Robinson has been honoured for his long service with a plaque presented by Grange Town Council.

The bronze plaque, which features a cast of Mr Robinson's feet, was dedicated in his honour by the Most Rev Patrick Kelly, Archbishop Emeritus of Liverpool, in a ceremony at the Victoria Hall, Grange, on Saturday.

It will be set into the ground later this year at the entrance to Cedric Walk, named in tribute by Grange Town Council, which leads into the Berners Close new affordable housing development.


Cllr Joanna Greenway said: "Cedric has walked more than the equivalent of twice round the world in his role, and helped local people raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes; this is indeed something to celebrate.

"The event went really well, there was a really nice atmosphere. We had well over 100 cards and messages from people all over the world, including some from Bavaria and Canada and one from Prince Philip.

"Lots of people said that they had the best day of their life when Cedric walked them across the bay."

The event was attended by friends and family of Cedric, as well as many people whom he has led across the sands during his 52 years in the job.

"It was the most enjoyable occasion my wife and I have ever had," said Mr Robinson. "I haven't had a chance to read all of the messages yet but the ones I have read bring tears to my eyes.

"The plaque was really out of the blue. They've done a lovely job of it. It's so beautiful and quite large.

"Member of Grange Town Council really put themselves out for us. I must thank them for that."

The Queen's Guide to the Sands is the royally appointed guide to crossing the notoriously dangerous sands at Morecambe Bay.

Mr Robinson, who was born and bred in the area, became the 25th guide in 1963 and has held the post ever since.

He has no plans to retire from his role any time soon, and has this year seen his walks booked up earlier than ever before.

"I still love the job," he said. "I have got some great helpers."

Also celebrated at the event was the birthday of Cedric's wife Olive, who turned 91 on Monday.

Olive has helped Cedric throughout his time as the guide, answering the phone calls at their house.

The plaque was made by Ulverston born sculptor Ian Stoney.