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Leigh Robinson was a Cumbrian, born in the Lake District on 30 March 1948. In his early years he drove trucks for a living as a driver for BRS. Writing was clearly what motivated him though and he made his break into the local press in the 1970s, initially in the North of England, working on papers in Kendal and Blackpool, before moving further away from his roots on newspapers in Wimborne, Rugby and Newport. His break into motoring journalism came when the previous motoring correspondent of the Swindon Advertiser left to move to New Zealand. Leigh maintained his connection to publications in Swindon and Wiltshire, contributing regularly until his untimely death. 

Before joining the Guild of Motoring Writers in 2013, Leigh had become a member of the Western Group of Motoring Writers and served as its chairman. This involved playing a key role in organising the annual Western Group PR Driving Day at Castle Combe Circuit, which was no mean feat at the time. Leigh remained an active member of the group until his death. He was due to take part in the Western Group’s inaugural Classic Run later this month with his partner Lisbeth Shore.

Two aspects of Leigh’s character have been mentioned repeatedly in the past week: his good humour and his gentlemanly behaviour. His was always a welcome presence. He will doubtless be remembered for much more besides, but these traits were unquestionably vital attributes in his long and successful career as a journalist. 

Leigh’s wishes, stated many years ago were for no funeral or church service to be held. The Guild extends its sincere condolences to Lisbeth and daughter Julia.

John Kendall

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