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Robin Chester-Perry


The firm's founder, the multi-millionaire Sir Reginald Chester-Perry has a son and heir to follow him. Well, there is another son, the ne'er do well Erroll, the black sheep of the family. But the hopes of the Chester-Perry's are pinned firmly on young Robin. He enters the strip in October 1964 when Mary on the switchboard tips off Bristow that the sprog is about to join the business. Bristow, already fascinated by the father can now fantasise about the son. He is pleased that the boy, starting off in an plush executive office on the top floor will be learning the business the hard way. And he can at once begin to stir things up by inflaming the excitable typists with the news that the highly eligible, sports-car driving, and (did we say?) exceedingly rich young man is to be working near them.

The scenario that Bristow fondly imagines in strip 1175
Strip 1175 was published in the Evening Standard in November 1964
is never going to happen, of course. Like his father, young Robin makes no direct appearance in the strip. Bristow, from his window, can monitor his comings (in at 10:30) and goings (home at 3:00, oh and not forgetting a 2 hour lunchbreak). The youngster is certainly no slouch when he gets in his sports car. Bristow, given a lift to work by Dimkins is quick to get him to pull over when Master Robin is belting up on the outside. In 1967 we learn that Robin has turned 21. Bristow begins musing about the day he takes over the firm. Then he makes a brilliant match, falling for Fiona Myles, only child of the co-owner of Myles & Rudge. The typists react with scorn. The clerks begin to fear redundancies should the two conglomerates merge. The marriage appears threatened when Miss Myles collides her sports car with Sir Reginald's Rolls-Royce, hits a C-P lorry, provokes a strike when the driver is dismissed and finally lets her dog savage the firm's founder. But the clerks' toast to "Afghan Hounds" is premature. In August 1970 the happy couple marry and have a glittering reception at Dunwell Manor. Bristow is not invited. And he has a particular reason to wish the union ill strip 2932
Strip 2932 was published in the Evening Standard in August 1970. This scan is from the Sydney Morning Herald October 1970

Two years later the marriage bears fruit and Sir Reginald's grandchildren, Charles and Anne are born. To the Chester-Perry staff this means only one thing - all the clerks are one step further back to be Chief Buyer and all the typists one step back from being Manager of the Pool. Actually Robin plays very little further part in the running of his father's giant empire, though he does make the crucial decision to allow the Sports and Social Club to use the firm's canteen at very short notice for the 1969 Christmas Dinner and Dance. This is just before his engagement and when he makes it known that he will be present at the bash, the raw excitement in the typing pool may only be imagined. We last hear of young Robin in 1978, happily settled down to a life of polo, hunting, shooting and fishing, and fond of hovering in his helicopter high above the Chester-Perry building which must hold so many happy memories for him.