Norman Roberts

Norman Roberts Rita, Martin, Adrian and Gillian thank everyone for the letters, cards, flowers and donations sent to them following Norman's death on 24 July. We also thank the Reverend Jon Price for leading the funeral service, Mr Ian Hughes of M Jones & Son for arranging the funeral and Aberystwyth Crematorium for the offer to make a webcast. The donations have been given to Llanidloes Hospital League of Friends for the hospital and the palliative care unit. Norman was born in Rhuddlan, North Wales on 3 April 1931. As a small boy he liked to make model aeroplanes. He was educated locally and then at St Asaph Grammar School when his interest turned to the jet engine. Twice he tried to make one without success. He worked hard to be able to study engineering at Liverpool University and was rewarded by gaining the title of County Open Exhibitioner which opened the way to the university. At the time Liverpool gave the first choice of degree courses to people returning from the war. Norman missed out but was asked to take a science degree so he chose physics and chemistry. It was the latter which secured him a job at the Rolls Royce Flight Test Establishment at Hucknall, a small mining town in the Nottinghamshire coalfield, as a fuel systems technician and from there his career took off. He married Rita in the Hucknall Parish Church on 4 September 1954. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society on 6 September 2004.