Saturday, 10 December 2011

Shirley Robbins RIP

Sad news reached me that Shirley Robbins (Hal Dyer) died this week.

Shirley's stage name was Hal Dyer. you may still not be any wiser but she played so many parts in so many television favourites it hardly bears a count.
Z Cars, The Bill, Emergency Ward 10, Robin's Nest and, of course, on the buses where she played opposite her husband, Michael Robbins.

Shirley/Hal also featured in Doctor at Large and a whole variety of children's TV programmes including Rentaghost and Grandad.

I knew Mike Robbins rather better than Shirley but used to regularly meet both of them at what used to be the British European Airways centre in the Cromwell Road, (where I went for my morning coffee and they went to jet off to various exotic destinations).

They were a delightful couple and Shirley looked and acted the part of the dizzy blonde whilst, in reality, she was an intelligent and amusing person.

Both Mike and Shirley were outstanding Catholics and played a major role in Catholic amateur dramatics in the London area.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


  1. Sad news, she is probably best known for her roles in On The Buses (both tv series and Holiday On The Buses), would have thought she would have been credited here with those roles?

  2. Sad news indeed, I will be posting a special tribute page to Shirley on my web site this weekend.
    Richard Collins if you read this please can you contact me via email at

    ON THE BUSES fan club
    web site;
    Now in our 11th year
    Nostalgia Never goes out of fashion

  3. Ah,yes the British European Airways centre in the Cromwell Road. The fabled west London air terminal, before they extended the Piccadilly line to Heathrow terminals, now a Sainsbury's!supermarket. Be absolutely no use today with the Hammersmith flyover knackered!