MEMBERS of Morpeth Footpaths Society were saddened by the recent death of Bruce Robson.
Bruce, of Stobhill Grange, was a founder member of the society in 1974 and served as Chairman for many years, as well as a regular walk leader.
He knew Northumberland like the back of his hand and was a familiar sight walking around the town in his shorts, whatever the weather. Bruce could always be relied upon to lead a walk in an emergency. When you got to know him, you realised how kind he was and how much he knew about the countryside.
Latterly his vision became very restricted so he no longer led walks and eventually could not take part. Instead he went on many bus trips with his wife Angela and was still out and about until Christmas when he became housebound.
Bruce had worked as a gardener/groundsman at Searle in Whalton Road. When Princess Diana came to visit, she was fascinated by his stories about the rabbits in the greenhouse and said she would tell William and Harry about them.
Bruce was a keen photographer. He took lots of photos on his walks and used to give a slide-show at the society’s AGMs. He also was in much demand by other organisations for his shows.
He had a project to take photos of as many cats as he could find all over the county, and another project was horses and dogs.
At Bruce’s funeral, donations were invited for St Oswald’s Hospice, which Bruce attended before he became too ill. To date more than £200 has been given.
Next year Morpeth Footpaths Society celebrates its 40th anniversary and its founder member will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
SARAH HOWELLS and MIEKE PICKARD, on behalf of Morpeth Footpaths Society