Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Council asked to approve Freedom of the City for Cedric Robinson

Lancaster City councillors will be asked to approve granting the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson MBE, the Freedom of the City at a special meeting of Lancaster City Council later this month.

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 appointed to 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 over 80 years old has no plans to retire from a job which still gives him so much pleasure.

Full Council will be asked to approve granting him the honour of Freedom of the City at a special meeting on 16th April at 2.00pm.

Subject to the approval of Council, the award will then be formally be presented at the Annual Council meeting on 9th May.

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

“Cedric has dedicated his life to be the Queen’s Guide to the Sands," she said. "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.”

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