This year could easily have been the end for Robinson’s. By this point, George had retired to look after his wife and Robin had no one to repair shoes. He went in one day to close the shop. While he was clearing the shop out, a local estate agent came in to have two pairs of shoes repaired. It was a simple job, and Robin decided to do it himself to make a bit of extra money. Robin then realised that he didn’t need a fulltime shoe repairer – he did the simple jobs himself and took more complex jobs to a repairer in Belfast.