Robson Opticians celebrates centenary
Director and optometrist Andrew Brent tells OT about the Newcastle independent’s history
When was Robson Opticians established?It was founded as F. Robson in 1867, originally on Dean Street in Newcastle. The current Pilgrim Street practice opened in 1919. It’s been passed on either via family or to existing staff so we can trace the ownership back over 150 years.
I recently spoke to a patient who has been coming here for over 75 years, and her grandfather used to be a delivery boy for the company. We hear these sorts of stories on a regular basis and they are a constant reminder of the part the practice has played in people’s lives for decade after decade.