The Queen’s Guide to the Sands was back beside his beloved Morecambe Bay on Friday night.
And Cedric Robinson MBE’s pride at receiving our Ambassador award at the Midland hotel was obvious as he grinned from ear to ear.
“This is a wonderful place, right beside the seaside at my home Morecambe Bay,” he said.
“This is an honour I’m proud to receive and I thank those who thought me worthy of that honour.”
Winning put the icing on the cake for Cedric in a celebration year for the cross bay walking legend.
Mr Robinson marks his 50th year as Queen’s Guide and also his 80th birthday.
“And I have no intention of retiring yet!” he laughed.
Cedric thanked his wife of 51 years Olive, who attended the Ball with him, and Chris Abram, who is making a documentary film about ‘The Sandman’s life for showing at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston on October 11.
He talked about how he had taken 500,000 fund raisers across Bay, helped raise over two and a half million pounds for charity and walked the equivalent of twice around the world yet “my legs are still the same length!”
Cedric also thanked his friends for driving him to the Midland on Friday night. “Gordon Burns doesn’t believe I’m 80 years of age but last week by mistake I put petrol into my diesel car!” he joked. Cedric closed his witty speech by saying: “Remember Morecambe Bay is a treacherous place to walk across but as long as you have Cedric to guide you it’s much safer than crossing the road.”
He then received a standing ovation, and thoroughly deserved.