Tributes to Robin Scott, police officer devoted to teaching young people how to save lives
TRIBUTES are being paid to a lifesaving club stalwart who has died at the age of 80.
Until two years ago Robin Scott taught at Beverley Life Saving Club, where he had been a much-valued instructor for 30 years.
He and colleague Mary Foster retired from their roles as Royal Life Saving Society trainers in March 2011.
With their departure, Beverley Life Saving Club folded after a proud 38-year history.
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Mr Scott, a retired police officer from South Cave, will be best remembered as a driving force at the club which taught hundreds of young people vital lifesaving skills.
The club, latterly based at Beverley Leisure Complex, played a huge role in his life.
As he explained when the club closed: "I took my first award in the dark ages in 1953.
"As a young policeman I had to have my bronze medallion.
"Leaving Beverley Life Saving Club will be difficult, but I'm a life member of the Royal Life Saving Society.
"I'm still a qualified advisor."
Following her former colleague's passing on January 23, Mrs Foster, of Leconfield, said: "He was such a powerhouse at the club.
"The club started in 1973 and Robin joined in 1981.
"He never missed a session. He used to come through from South Cave and take the class after doing an hour of swimming himself."
Mr Scott was a founder member of the Hull and East Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Life Saving Society.
He served in every office on the committee from awards and sales to eventually chairman and vice president.
The regional position meant he was able to keep the Beverley club informed of any changes to rules and regulations.
Mrs Foster said: "I got on really, really well with Robin. We seemed to be on the same wavelength, probably because we were the same generation.
"I know he used to train the police cadets in lifesaving and he was very good with young people.
"But I didn't know until recently he was also a long distance walker, he'd done the Lyke Wake Walk 79 times and also the London Marathon twice.
"He really was very fit and active and could easily compete with the young ones, particularly in the pool.
"He was a really good man and he did an awful lot for the community."
Mr Scott leaves a wife, Valerie, and a daughter, Lesley.