Canadian couple Derek and Pauline Robinson thank Huddersfield's good Samaritans

A COUPLE from Canada want to thank the three good Samaritans who came to their rescue during an accident in Huddersfield.

A COUPLE from Canada want to thank the three good Samaritans who came to their rescue during an accident in Huddersfield.

Ex-pats Derek and Pauline Robinson were on a visit to their former home town when Mrs Robinson fell, fracturing her hip.

The fall left her in agony, but the three women – including a trainee nurse – had no hesitation in rushing to their aid.

Mrs Robinson,71, had to have an operation and is now recovering in hospital, but her husband said he wanted to praise the women’s “Yorkshire kindness”.

He said: “I have no idea who these women are but I can’t thank them enough for staying and helping me and my wife.

“They came across the road straightaway to help. My wife was in a lot of pain but they helped me get her to the car and on to the back seat, making sure that her body was kept straight to avoid any more injury.

“As soon as they helped us they were gone and I don’t feel at the time I thanked them properly. But I felt they should be acknowledged so I got in touch with the Examiner.”

The couple – who emigrated to Canada in 1965 – were on holiday visiting a family member in Marsh when the accident happened.

They were enjoying a trip to the town’s busy Kirkgate area when Mrs Robinson tripped on a pavement, falling awkwardly on her side.

She was helped by the trainee nurse in her 20s and two other women thought to be in their 30s.

Mrs Robinson was taken straight to hospital where she had to have a hip replacement and the couple have had to postpone their journey home.

But Mr Robinson, 74, is full of praise for the locals who helped them.

He said: “This wouldn’t have happened in Canada. If you fall on the street there very few people would come to help – they would just walk past.

“The hospital staff here were also absolutely fantastic as within two-and-a-half hours my wife was on a ward. They would have been 10 hours late in Canada.

“Hospitals there are more business-like and people in general seem to behave very differently. There is none of the warmth and kindness you find here in Yorkshire.”

Mrs Robinson was born in Golcar, while her Hampshire-born husband moved there when he was eight.

Mr Robinson worked as an ambulance attendant in the town, while Mrs Robinson was a mender for C & J Hirsts at Longwood.

The couple moved to Canada in 1965 when Mr Robinson suffered poor health due to pollution in the area.

They set up a heating and air conditioning business near Toronto, which was taken on by their children when they retired.

Despite their move, the couple still manage to pay a visit to their home town every few years.

Mr Robinson: “We do really enjoy coming back here. The people are very friendly, something I think I took for granted when I lived here.”

 

Journalists

Doug Thomson
Huddersfield Town correspondent
Chris Roberts
Huddersfield Giants correspondent
Louise Cooper
Crime correspondent
Nick Lavigueur
Health Correspondent
Joanne Douglas
Local Government Correspondent
Linda Whitwam
Education Correspondent
Henryk Zientek
Business Correspondent
Val Javin
Features Editor
Martin Shaw
Mirfield Correspondent