Yet when an Italian television company wanted to fly him to Rome he turned them down. “I was all of a bloody tremble,” he said, adding that not only had he never flown, but he had only left Lancashire once, on a day trip to London for a brass-band contest.
The sort of tale that has me expecting Peter Tinniswood to start shouting – No, it’s just a story!”.
I mean really, it would be for a brass band contest, wouldn’t it?
And this. Wasn’t Philip just the boy?
He never escorted the Queen, his ultimate employer, across the sands, but the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit was a highlight. “Once we set off, he asked me a lot of questions,” he told Lancashire Life. “As we were coming to the other end of the bay there was a crowd gathered and they all started applauding. The duke said, ‘Stand up Mr Robinson, it is you they are clapping, not me’.”