Barry Robinson 1931 – 2023

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of photojournalist, Barry Robinson of Ilkely, West Yorkshire today, Sunday 26th February 2023.

Barry Robinson tests the factory Bultaco Sherpa of Malcolm Rathmell in 1974. This is the rare Model 133 of which there were only 13 ever made and were supplied to factory riders only. Photo: M.C. Rathmell

Barry was one of the first to report for the fledgling Motor Cycle News in 1957. Barry became a member of the National Union of Jounalists (freelance division) and reported on many trials and scrambles events over six decades for the daily newspapers as well as the motorcycle press. He also reported on the many Yorkshire trials for Trials & Motocross News from 1977.

Barry Robinson, John Moffat (Trials Guru founder) and Eric Kitchen, shortly after Barry’s 90th birthday at the Scott Trial.

In a statement issued by his daughters, Liz and Sarah on social media, it read:

“Barry Robinson – FINAL POSTIn true “Robbo” style, “I am not retiring” was his most recent post. True to his words he did not – Barry’s last parting words from this mortal world were “bring me a notebook and pen when you visit tomorrow in case anyone rings with results” from his hospital bed at Airedale.

Unfortunately this is the one deadline he will never make!

Barry Robinson NUJ 19-Oct-1931 to 26-Feb-2023. RIP Dad – we love you and you will be missed by your family, friends and the motorcycle community which you served for 64 years.”

Trials Guru send sincere condolences to the Robinson family at this difficult time and thank the late Barry Robinson for the use of some of his photographs since the website was formed in 2014.

Barry Robinson’s Funeral Arrangements:

The funeral of Barry Robinson will be held on Thursday, 23 March 2023 at 12.30pm at Skipton Crematorium with refreshments at Herriots, Broughton Street, Skipton thereafter.

Barry Robinson captured by John Hulme.

Barry Robinson Feature

2 thoughts on “Barry Robinson 1931 – 2023”

  1. Lovely bloke, always remember ringing in the results of Spen Valley MC results in the early to mid 70’ for the columns he wrote in the Bradford ‘Telegraph & Argus’ newspaper ❤️

  2. A lovely man, who had a great life and did so much for trials. He will be missed, but remembered with respect.

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