A FORMER headteacher who staged a seven day long sit-in at a closure threatened care home has died.

Don Robson is fondly remembered by generations of youngsters who went to Woodham Burn junior school in Newton Aycliffe and has been described as an “absolute gentleman” and “one of the good guys”.

Mr Robson, 87, joined the school in the role of deputy head after moving from Vane Road school, in the town, and after becoming head remained there until his retirement 27 years ago.

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In September 2014 the great grandfather was the last to leave Newtown House, in Stanhope, County Durham, where he later became a resident, after Durham County Council decided it was to shut.

Mr Robson, who suffered from a heart condition, had refused to leave the facility and was accompanied by family members as he celebrated his 84th birthday with a party.

He joined in a candlelit vigil by campaigners battling to keep Newtown House open and was also pictured reading The Northern Echo as he enjoyed his breakfast porridge.

Mr Robson’s daughter Anne French said on Facebook: “He loved teaching and remembered every child he ever taught.”

Dozens of tributes were posted on the site from people who were taught by Mr Robson.

Joanne Whitaker said: “A lovely headteacher to both me and my two brothers. We won’t ever forget Mr Robson.”

Helen Walker said: “He was a lovely man and best headteacher. He left a lasting impression on all lucky to have been his students.”