Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly was invited by Grange-over-Sands town council to give a formal dedication and blessing of a bronze plaque honouring Cedric Robinson, which it had commissioned to mark the 52nd anniversary of his appointment as Queen's Guide.
Cedric is just the 25th guide since the role was created in 1548 and has helped raise millions of pounds for charities by guiding walkers across Morecambe Bay. The plaque of Cedric’s 'Walking Feet' will be installed later this year in Grange, below the new street sign 'Cedric Walk'.
The beautiful Morecambe Bay was brought sharply into international focus in 2004 when over 27 Chinese cockle-pickers drowned in the perilous seas. The search and attempted rescue of these vulnerable economic migrants is well documented.
Cedric Robinson took part in the rescue and recovery process of the victims. His knowledge of the bay is probably unsurpassed, and perhaps only equalled by his father, who died age 102 after passing on all his experience to his son.
Archbishop Emeritus Patrick, born in Morecambe, has led sponsored walks with Cedric across the bay for the Right To Life charity and also wrote a foreword in Cedric's book published in 2013, ‘Time and Tide: 50 Golden Years on Morecambe Bay’. The event in honour of Cedric, now 83, was an extremely joy-filled celebration of a great, yet utterly unassuming and humble man.