Freedom of city for our Cedric

Cedric Robinson MBE.
Cedric Robinson MBE.

Morecambe’s very ownQueen’s Guide to the Sands Cedric Robinson MBE will be granted the Freedom of the City of Lancaster – if councillors agree.

The Queen’s Guide to the Sands is a royally appointed guide to assist the safe crossing of the sands of Morecambe Bay.

Cedric Robinson was given the post in 1963, the 25th person to be appointed to the role.

Over the years he has led more than 500,000 people across the sands and despite being 81, has no plans to retire from a job which still gives him so much pleasure.

Lancaster City Council’s councillors will be asked to approve granting him the honour at a special meeting on April 16 at 2pm. Subject to that agreement, the award will then be formally presented at the annual council meeting on May 9.

The mayor of Lancaster, Coun June Ashworth, recommended Mr Robinson for the award. It is the highest the city council can confer on an individual.

She said: “Cedric has dedicated his life to be the Queen’s Guide to the Sands.

“His dedication and enthusiasm to guiding people across such a unique part of the British Isles has been unstinting, and in doing a job he loves he has helped to raised millions of pounds for charity.

“He does his job for no financial reward, but simply for his love of the sands of Morecambe Bay.”

Last year Cedric was the winner of the Ambassador award at The Visitor’s Sunshine Ball ceremony at Morecambe’s Midland Hotel.