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Jersey artist and music journalist Robert Tilling dies

Tributes have been paid to well-known Jersey-based artist Robert Tilling, who has died after a long battle with cancer.

Mr Tilling, 67, was the only Royal Institute artist in Jersey.

He came to the island in 1968 as the new head of art at Victoria College.

Mr Tilling was asked to design the Queen's menu when she visited the island in 2001 and championed the local artistic community.

His life was not all about art, he was a keen musician and family man.

Rod McGloughlin, Jersey's cultural development officer, remembers his time with Robert Tilling.

He said: "I knew him as a pupil at Victoria College where he was the head of art, perhaps I wasn't his star pupil at the time.

"Later on in life I think knowing him and being able to follow him and have things explained to me in a fresh way, my art education started long after I left school. He made me look at things in a fresh way."

Jersey's former Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache, was a friend of Robert Tilling and said he will remembered his sense of humour.

He said: "I will remember Robert as a very fine artist, I will remember him as one of my closest friends.

"I will remember forever the tremendously exuberant and vital sense of humour he had."

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