Tribute to former Shields Gazette reporter and Fleet Street pioneer Peggie Robinson
© Sheilds Gazette
10 May 2019
Tributes have been paid to a reporter of "indomitable spirit" who started her career on The Shields Gazette before moving on to Fleet Street.
Peggie Robinson, who passed away last weekend, was a highly-respected mountaineer and yachtswoman as well as a reporter who covered everything from the Yorkshire Ripper, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Britain’s ‘Cod War’ with Iceland, pit tragedies and miners’ strikes. She was well-known throughout Yorkshire.
After working on the Gazette – where for a time she was churches correspondent – she made Sheffield her home, arriving in the city soon after joining the Daily Express around the end of the war; but she never lost her love for her South Tyneside roots.
When she joined the Express she was one of the few women reporters on national newspapers.
Peggie, 97, was an active member of the National Union of Journalists, a life-long supporter of the Labour Party, and played the bagpipes in pipe bands in and around Sheffield. Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner remembered her in his biography, describing her as a ‘go-getter’ who had temporarily ‘acquired’ his passport while writing about him.
Clark Herron, a close friend, journalist, said:
“Peggie faced her failing health with the same feisty, indomitable spirit that she showed throughout her life, whether it was chasing a story, skippering her offshore racing yacht or climbing Alpine peaks, including the Matterhorn.”
For many years she organised collectors in south Sheffield for the annual Poppy Appeal for the Legion’s work for service people and their families in memory of her father. Peggie spent some time in the army during the Second World War and her father, Robert Robinson, MBE, served in the merchant navy in both.
She died on Saturday, May 4, in a city nursing home after a long spell of poor health. Peggie’s funeral will take place on Thursday 23 May, at 13.15, Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield.
This tribute first appeared in The Shields Gazette