Hundreds say farewell to Tony Robinson at funeral

The coffin of Tony Robinson arrives at Kettering Crematorium on the back of a Willy's Jeep.
The coffin of Tony Robinson arrives at Kettering Crematorium on the back of a Willy's Jeep.
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Hundreds of people said farewell to a popular Burton Latimer man at his funeral.

Tony Robinson died at home at the age of 74 on November 5 after a battle with cancer.

The coffin of Tony Robinson arrives at Kettering Crematorium on the back of a Willys Jeep

The coffin of Tony Robinson arrives at Kettering Crematorium on the back of a Willys Jeep

Mr Robinson, who lived in Burton Latimer almost all his life, was a popular figure well known for his motorcycle-racing exploits in his younger days, for his love of old military vehicles and for his family’s garage in Burton Latimer, where he worked for many years.

His coffin was brought to Kettering Crematorium on Friday, November 22, on the back of his Willys Jeep, which had featured in a number of Hollywood films including A Bridge Too Far and The Eagle Has Landed.

Military vehicle enthusiasts from all over the country travelled to the funeral and a number brought their own jeeps and wore military uniforms.

Mr Robinson’s wife Sue said: “The funeral went with military precision and it was a really nice send-off for Tony.

“I did not get to see all the jeeps and so on but it was pleasing to see that so many people had made such an effort.

“There was also an escort of motorbikes to remember Tony’s racing days, which was lovely to see.

“We held the wake at Burton Country Club, where Tony used to enjoy going, and there was a huge hog roast and barbecue which was very well attended.”

As well as being known for his exploits on the race track and in the military vehicles scene, Mr Robinson was also a regular in the pages of the Telegraph.

He appeared in the paper on a number of occasions, once when he dressed as Father Christmas to deliver gifts to neighbours and again when his jeep was stolen and later recovered.