Church mourns town ‘Santa’

Geoffrey Robinson.
Geoffrey Robinson.

A POPULAR church volunteer and Morpeth ‘Father Christmas’ has died at the age of 86.

Geoffrey Robinson was well known in the town through his involvement with St Mary’s Church and work as an accompanied viewer for Black Horse Agencies and later Bradford & Bingley, following his retirement from full time employment.

Mr Robinson moved to Morpeth from Bredbury near Stockport when he took up a new post with Welwyn Electric in Bedlington in 1956 and continued to live in the same house in Loansdean until failing health necessitated his move last year to Bridge View Care Home in Stakeford.

Although born in Cheshire, Mr Robinson quickly became attached to Morpeth and often stated that he could think of no better town in the country in which to live.

In his early days he was a keen bell-ringer at the Clock Tower and over the last 50 years has been closely involved with St Mary’s Church where he was church warden for many years, including a spell as Rector’s Warden, as well as serving in various roles on the Parochial Church Council.

Mr Robinson’s smiling, easy going, relaxed manner made him popular with children and both he and his late wife Jane were involved for many years with St Mary’s Sunday School, Saturday Morning Adventurers and the annual Christingle Service.

Indeed, Mr Robinson’s affinity with children and ability to put them at ease made him a popular choice for the role of Father Christmas at first schools and mother and toddler groups’ Christmas parties each year.

Anyone who knew Mr Robinson will be welcome at his funeral service at St Mary’s Church at 11.30am on Thursday, May 12.