Death of former Free Press sports editor

Bruce Robinson ANL-160630-143347001
Bruce Robinson ANL-160630-143347001
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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. Family flowers only. Donations if desired for Marie Curie may be sent to Blyth and Sons Ltd, 4 Cremer Street, Sheringham, NR26 8DZ.