Funeral for popular Burton Latimer man Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson in 2009
Tony Robinson in 2009

The funeral of a popular Burton Latimer man is being held on Friday, November 22.

A huge procession of military vehicles is expected to descend on Kettering for the event, which will celebrate the life of Tony Robinson, who passed away at his home on November 5 after a battle with cancer at the age of 74.

Mr Robinson was a well-known character in Burton Latimer and beyond – most remembered for his lovingly-restored military jeep which featured in a number of Hollywood films including A Bridge Too Far and The Eagle Has Landed.

Mr Robinsons’s wife Sue said military vehicle enthusiasts from all over the country would be travelling to Kettering for the funeral, taking place at Kettering Crematorium at 2.15pm.

Mr Robinson lived in Burton Latimer for most of his life and was married to Sue for 18 years.

In his younger days, he worked at his family’s garage in Station Road and he was also a keen motorcyclist – racing at a number of courses including Mallory Park.

He also appeared in the pages of the Telegraph on a regular basis – including once when his prized jeep was stolen and later discovered in a farm track.

Mrs Robinson said: “Tony was such a well-known man and was very popular.

“He died at home while he was in the sun lounge with the sun beating down on him.”