Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy: Bay ‘dangerous place’ says sands expert

Cedric Robinson
Cedric Robinson

The Queen’s Guide to the Sands Cedric Robinson has an intimate knowledge of the changing tides and sands of Morecambe Bay.

On the night following the cockling disaster he had been away for the day and when he returned his phone had been ringing non-stop with television companies wishing to speak to him.

Cedric, who has been the Queen’s Guide to the Sands for 50 years, said: “I could foresee that it was going to happen.

“The Chinese cocklers were cockling near Kents Bank and the tide was coming in at that point. “They were left to it and had to walk back.

“I knew someone was going to get drowned. Two weeks later the Chinese cocklers moved to Morecambe and the terrible tragedy happened.

“I had to go to court because I knew the area so well and I could describe it to the judge and jury.

“It’s something you never forget and it’s on everyone’s mind.

“It was a terrible night but lessons should be learned. The bay is a dangerous place.”