Award-winning reviewer and the EDP’s long-serving arts and literary editor, Charles Roberts, has died aged 71, after a long illness at his home in France.

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For almost 30 years, CVR, as he became known to generations of readers, wrote with decisive authority on the theatre and the arts and Norfolk.

He campaigned for funding for the Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse and was a founder trustee of the Sewell Barn Theatre.

He joined the EDP in July 8, 1968 at the EDP’s former Norwich headquarters in Redwell Street, initially as a reporter covering Norfolk County Council and became arts editor in 1975.

His enthusiasm for churches led to a joint venture with Sam Mortlock to produce the first volume of the Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches, which was published in 1981.

Having spent holidays in France, he became hooked and decided to settle in his retirement with his partner Guy in a remote region. A funeral service will be held in France on Saturday.

Please leave your tributes in the comments below or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • A true friend and neighbour who could mardle and write about anything and everything. He fulfilled his wish to live in France but sadly Norfolk lost one of its unique characters.

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    Maggie O

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • So sorry to hear of the death of CVR His column was always a joy to read.

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    Andre' Goldsmith

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • So sorry to hear of the death of CVR His column was always a joy to read.

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    Andre' Goldsmith

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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