Long Sutton historians remembered with plaque on churchyard tree
Long Sutton historians Bruce Robinson and his father Frank were honoured with a new plaque on a churchyard tree.
Journalist and writer Bruce, who had worked with the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, was pictured in the pages of the Guardian in March, 1988 when he planted trees in memory of his parents.
Bruce planted saplings at that time watched by his wife, Cynthia, four-year-old son, Stephen, then vicar, the Rev Oliver Folkard, and members of Long Sutton and District Civic Society.
Thirty-one years on, a replacement plaque has been put on one of the trees to remember Frank, Bruce and two other members Robinson family, Jessie and Jean.
Cynthia, with son Mike, once again joined the civic society to see the plaque unveiled.
After Bruce planted the trees, a plaque was placed at the base of one but it virtually disappeared as the tree grew and wrapped around it.
Bruce and Frank produced the book "The History of Long Sutton," and the first edition was published in 1965.
Frank passed away in 1985 and Bruce aged 80 in 2016.
Frank was on the staff of Mossop and Bowser, the Long Sutton solicitors for 52 years and part of his work involved being registrar of births and deaths.
Bruce was a junior reporter and then sports editor for the Free Press and Spalding Guardian before heading off to a role elsewhere in 1959.
The last of the Robinson family's history books, published by the civic society in 2017, was Bruce's "An Illustrated History of Long Sutton Lincolnshire."