The Broads Authority pays tribute to Robert Richardson founder of Richardson’s Leisure

Robert Richardson with sons Clive, left and Paul aboard one of their hire boats at Stalham. Picture:

Robert Richardson with sons Clive, left and Paul aboard one of their hire boats at Stalham. Picture: Steve Adams - Credit: Copyright Archant Norfolk

Tributes have continued to pour in after the 'founding father' of boating on The Broads, Robert Richardson, died.

Broads Authority Chief Executive John Packman. Picture Andrew Stone

Broads Authority Chief Executive John Packman. Picture Andrew Stone - Credit: Archant

Mr Richardson died of a stroke on Saturday, October 20 at the age of 95. He was the founder of Richardson's Leisure which offers boat hire and holiday villages on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and the Thames.

John Packman, Broads Authority Chief Executive, said: 'I am very sorry to hear of Robert's passing.

'Richardson's is a pillar of the local tourism industry and the company that he founded introduced the Broads to many millions of families establishing it as a favoured and much loved destination that people return to again and again.

'In doing so he helped create a vibrant industry sector establishing new jobs and careers for many people.


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'On behalf of everyone at the Broads Authority I offer our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.'

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