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Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull (24 Dec 2009)

04 Jan 10 - 01:21 PM (#2803134)
Subject: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull
From: Steve Gardham

It is with great sadness and regret I report the death of Nancy Robinson of Hull, on the morning of Christmas Eve in hospital in Manchester after a short period of illness.

Those of you around the folk scene in England since the 60s may remember Nancy as first the wife of the great David (Mick) Robinson who acted as catalyst for a host of performers in the Hull area before his untimely death at 44 in 1974. Mick and Nancy travelled around Britain and Ireland going from one folk festival to another in their old VW campervan usually with a van full of young singers and musicians who they had adopted as extra children and drinking partners.

Then later Nancy became the partner of Tommy from Leeds (Someone please remind me of Tommy's surname) playing English concertina to Tommy's whistle and both of them singing together. Tommy died a few years ago and his funeral was held in Hull, his life being celebrated in a concert with many old friends performing.

Nancy stayed on in Hull in close contact with Beryl Manuel, widow of Scots singer Ian (Jock) Manuel. Nancy's daughter, Mindy, earlier on had moved to Manchester and that is where Nancy was staying for the festive season when she fell ill.

2009 has been a bad year for losing old friends. Heartfelt condolences to Mindy.

The funeral is at Hull Crematorium on Friday 15th of this month. For further details please PM me.

04 Jan 10 - 01:57 PM (#2803180)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull
From: OlgaJ

Sorry to hear about Nancy, we didn't know her in the early years but well remember her as Tom McVicker's partner, Tom's memorial was unusual but definitely what Nancy thought he wanted! I hope her passing was peaceful.

04 Jan 10 - 05:45 PM (#2803444)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull
From: Paul Davenport

I remember many evenings at their house in Park Ave and many
lunchtimes at the Haworth Arms, shipping pints round to Mick's garage.
She was a great lady who touched a lot of hearts and minds.

05 Jan 10 - 07:18 AM (#2803814)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull
From: GUEST,padgett on lap top

Sorry to hear this Steve

I knew Tom who sangs some lovely songs and Nancy ~ from Booker and Padgett's sing arounds at Beverley ffs over the years

Lovely lovely lady


06 Jan 10 - 05:28 AM (#2804674)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull (24 Dec 2009)
From: ossonflags

Very sad news indeed.I First met Mick an Nancy nearly forty years ago in the Rugby Folk Club days.Latterly I was to have the lovely Tom McVicars share a flat with me in Hull.Mary and I have many happy memories of Nancy over the years especially one memorable holiday in Ireland with her, Tom and Mindy.

I was very privileged to have been asked by Nancy to MC Toms memorial concert a few years ago.

Our deepest condolences to Mindy.

06 Jan 10 - 10:19 AM (#2804856)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull (24 Dec 2009)

Very sad to see this. Nancy was a lovely person; I met her as a member of CLO - a group of instrumetalists at Cottingham. it was a pleasure to know her.
My condolences to Mindy.

06 Jan 10 - 01:17 PM (#2805036)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull (24 Dec 2009)
From: Folkiedave

I echo many of the thoughts mentioned already. Like Paul I remember the garage and the Haworth. Condolences to Mindy.

06 Jan 10 - 01:54 PM (#2805069)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull (24 Dec 2009)
From: Millindale

We have so many wonderful memories of Nancy and Tom and we were very sad to hear of Nancy's passing on christmas eve. She was a wonderful friend to myself, June and our son John and will be greatly missed.
Nancy often called June her second daughter.
We have all the details of her funeral on the 15/1/10 if anyone would like to contact us on and we can pass on the details.

06 Jan 10 - 06:44 PM (#2805285)
Subject: RE: Obit: Nancy Robinson, Hull (24 Dec 2009)
From: Betsy

Lovely warm lady as indeed was Mick.
Condolences to Mindy.
She was a Mother hen to Ossenflags, Jill and Jules Pidd , Mick Waterson Jock Manuel, to name a few and I'm so sorry to hear of her parting.
God bless you Nancy.