REDCAR REMEMBERS THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Local Stories from The Front and Home Front

A lottery-funded co-production
By Craig Hornby
& The Friends of Redcar Cemetery
marking the centenary of the
start of World War One.
1914 – 2014

BBC Tees Interview

VERA ROBINSON MBE

1914-2015

Vera sadly passed away on 31st July 2015 at the grand age of 101. She was awarded the MBE in 1971 for her 40 years of teaching in a deprived area (Grangetown) and for her pioneering work in environmental studies. She was President of Redcar RNLI who she began raising funds for in 1930 as a girl of 16. It is estimated she has personally raised a staggering £1m+ in her lifetime. She was also a keen local historian for Redcar writing a dozen books. I met her in 1991 when she appeared in my early doco ‘Grangetown-North of the Road’. She had one son of her own and fostered dozens of others. They were all lads, often a bit wayward and all soon straightened out by no nonsense Vera. An epic life, an epic legacy, a Redcar legend.

SEPT 2014:

The gravestone of Capt. John Macdonald-Allan, who is featured in the film, now re-erected and restored by FORCEM.

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