So sad to hear my old journalism lecturer at Darlington College, Robin Crowther, has died.

Robin had a special gift of teaching with a blend of incredible knowledge, wonderful humour, and infectious enthusiasm for journalism.

I've just spoken to one of his sons Philip, who described him as "the best dad anyone could have".

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As well as inspiring countless budding journalists, Robin was also well-known on the squash circuit in Darlington - a very canny player by all accounts.

I can see Robin now, rolling up to Ingleside (the name of the house in Trinity Road where journalism was based) in his orange Allegro, pile of books under his arm, and wearing his trademark brown cords.

Rest in peace, Robin. A great character - you made learning fun.