Thursday, 1 March 2012


It is with great sadness, we report the death of our oldest branch member Sidney (Sid) Robinson on 19th January 2012, at the University Hospital of Wales.

The funeral service was held on 8th February at The Salvation Army Church in Penarth and the burial at Christchurch in Newport.  22 branch members attended the service.

Sidney was born in Newport, in November 1914 and spent his working life in the marine shipping industry.  His great loves were – shipping, and things historical – in particular the PSPS and the Newport Transporter Bridge.  He was a founder member of the Friends Of Newport Transporter Bridge (FONTB) and was for a number of years their Vice Chairman then Chairman.  Sidney made his final crossing on the gondola on his way to Christchurch on 8th February.

Sidney had a large collection of paddle steamer (mainly P & A Campbells) and maritime memorabilia , all meticulously catalogued and indexed - his family has very kindly donated this to the PSPS.  Some of the items from his collection will be on display at the branch AGM on 14th April.

Sidney, his facts, stories and memories of sailing on the Bristol Channel going back for the best part of 90 years will be sadly missed.

Peter Havard

Below is a photograph of Sidney. Published with the kind permission of Anne Gatehouse (FONTB & Newport Civic Society)
Sidney Robinson  1914 - 2012

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