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August 11, 2017
PAUL

By Graham (Norris)

Paul and I are maternal cousins from the Robinson family of Newhaven, our mothers were sisters from a fairly large family. Paul and his sister Angela and I were brought up fairly closely just after the war in Eastbourne, Peacehaven and Newhaven.

It is only in recent years that we contacted each other again, both of us discovering more or less coincidentally that we were researching our families' history; Paul of course the Bishops and me the Norrises but more importantly for both of us, the Robinsons. Having contacted each other through the Web Site Ancestry we shared our notes and memories.

My wife and I began to take some to holidays in Eastbourne and visit Paul and Alison; needless to say, Paul would bring out the photograph albums and both of us would go through Paul's old family photos (black and white) recounting our memories; particularly our younger days. Not boring to us!! but maybe to the ladies!!

I left home when I was 19 to work in the smoky north-west consequently our lives began to go in very different directions; eventually and regrettably to just exchanging Christmas Cards. But it is the memories of our childhood and adolescence I will always cherish.

Summer holidays were often spent at Eastbourne, particularly Cherry Gardens Road, playing in the woods behind the house and in the winter on the Downs in the snow. (It always seemed to snow then). In the summers, it was often arranged for most of the extended family to spend a day in the New Forest, and other places on the Downs when often our cousin, Gillian, from Liverpool would come to stay in Sussex, a great day would be had by all (I can't remember it raining).

Christmas time was always a large family event on three days alternating with Eastbourne, Peacehaven and Newhaven. As we got older we kids were allowed to taste alcohol!! Wine with our Christmas Lunch and even the occasional Shandy!! There were some unfortunate consequences of course.
The one Christmas which particularly sticks in my mind was 1962. Newhaven was the venue on Boxing Day. It was noticed that it had begun to snow and snow and snow. It was decided that the Eastbourne family should stay the night. In the morning, the journey back to Eastbourne was ruled out. I'm not sure how many days we were all together; but eventually the only way back to Eastbourne was via Brighton. How we coped with sleeping arrangements I do not know!!!! Winter 1962/63.

As I have few later memories of Paul until recently, I can only relate to our younger days but those days will always be with me.

Cheers Paul God Bless.

Graham
August 9, 2017
August 7, 2017
Paul did a huge amount of work on the Family Tree during his retirement. He brought a number of cousins together for the first time, back in 2012, and found a long lost cousin who emigrated to Canada with her mother in 1950, never to be seen again by her English family until Paul's internet forays. A great achievement, for which we are all so grateful. Just sorry we didn't have time to get to know him better. Thank you so much, Paul.
A life well lived, a man well loved.
Cousin Mark Thorburn (Mum Betty Bishop), Sandy & son Ross, daughter Gemma Milner, Will and grand daughter, Ruby May. xxx
August 5, 2017