Wayne Robinson
Served from 1972 - 1974

 

Young P.C. Wayne Robinson

I was born in Coalville, Leicestershire; went to Ashby Boys Grammar School, then on to Leeds University.

In 1971 I got a degree in Sociology although I wasn’t really sure where I was going in life and started looking at several career options.

My old school friend, John Bradford, had joined the Bermuda Police in 1970 after service in the Leicestershire Constabulary. During the summer of 1971 he came over on leave with stories of life in Bermuda. I was so impressed I decided to apply. It took some time but I finally arrived in Bermuda as a new recruit in March 1972, where I attended Basic Training Course 15.


Basic Training Course #15  -  Early 1972
Top Row (l-r) Orville Ramsey, Wayne Robinson, Legay Farley, Dennis Gordon, Franklyn Decouto, Mike Telemaque (now deceased), Ian Pearce.
Middle Row  -  Jerome Simons, Ralph Lindo, Frank Deallie, Barry Walkes, P.C. Fingell,  Kevin Sugrue, Desmond Waithe, Leon Fubler.
Front row - Clara Saunders,  Dick Murphy, David Parsons (insp), Pat McBride, and Lynette Baker

My first posting was to St .George’s with Sgt Brian Flook as Watch Sergeant.

PC's 121 Wayne Robinson & 117 Desmond Waithe on patrol in Eastern Division

 

Wayne on his "hot rod" outside St. George's Barracks

 I then went onto Sgt Arthur Bean’s watch and was transferred to Hamilton in 1974 where I worked for newly promoted Sgt Pat McBride.

Wayne Robinson as Duty Driver at Prospect

I had a big decision to make in the summer of 1974. I had been offered a job as police constable on the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Police Force, and I had been already accepted on a post graduate Certificate in Educaton one-year course at Leeds University.

In taking the latter... in retrospect it was not the right decision! I ended up teaching for two years at a grammar school, now a community college, in my home town in Leicestershire.

I began to get itchy feet in the UK, and in 1977 I emigrated to Canada and joined the Calgary City Police where I remained a constable for 25 years, retiring in 2003.


The Long and the Short!
Wayne and his wife Marilyn got together with members of the Police Running Section
during the Team's visit to participate in the Jasper to Banff Road Relay
in the earlty 1980's.  Marilyn, who might aptly be described as a fairly short person,
is pictured here with Pete Shaw who could reasonably be described as quite a tall person!

While there I served with Brian Hanney, also from Bermuda Police. Brian retired just before me. I was always in front line positions working the street right up to retirement well into my 50’s. I’ve been married to Marilyn for 31 years now. She is a Canadian from Montreal. Since I retired I drove large tanker trucks, hauling dangerous goods all over western Canada and into the north-west United States. Although only a part time position I made good money.

The winters in western Canada can be quite trying to say the least and it was not always a fun job. In 2008 I went back to the city of Calgary and now drive a bus. I’m 63 years old next month still in reasonable health and keep fit by skiing in the winter and walking as often as possible.

 

Wayne and Marilyn cruising through the Panama Canal 2011

 

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#2 WAYNE ROBINSON 2013-09-16 23:28
thanks for the e mail Doug ..glad everything is ok with you......in contact with several of the lads Desmond Waithe John Bradford John McQuaid (before our time but knew him back in leicestershire) retired 2003 now drive a bus for pocket money Wayne

Editors Note - Wayne, we don't have any contact details for either Desmond Waithe or John Bradford. Any chance you could forward them to us at , and also let them know about our website?
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#1 Doug Proctor 2013-09-03 12:39
Hello 'Crack' - I know we have been in touch very off and on over the years, but saw you on this excellent site and had to comment. Remember the old barracks in St Georges? What a dump when you think of it, but home at the time. My wife, Finola, and I are now retired on the Costa Del Sol in Spain, really enjoying it. Visited Bda in 2010 for my 60th with whole family - met Peter Giles, Dave Cooper, Steve Rollin, Dave Cook etc, great time.
Best regards,
Doug Proctor
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