Upminster’s Pearly King, Arthur Rackley, has died

PUBLISHED: 18:19 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 18:19 06 November 2015

Barbara Windsor meets Pearly Kings & Queens, (l-r) Christine Prosser, Arthur Rackley & Doreen Golding at the St Joseph's Hospice Annual Xmas Bazaar. Hackney 20th Nov 2010

Barbara Windsor meets Pearly Kings & Queens, (l-r) Christine Prosser, Arthur Rackley & Doreen Golding at the St Joseph's Hospice Annual Xmas Bazaar. Hackney 20th Nov 2010

Copyright Peter Gettins

Tributes have been paid to the Pearly King of Upminster, who died last week.

Arthur Rackley, 90, of St Albans Avenue, Cranham, died in his home last week.

He was discovered after concerned neighbours told the police they had not seen him for a few days.

Arthur became a Pearly King in 1980 after his brother Jim died.

He was well known for his charity fundraising days, when he would stand for hours, with no food or drink, until he reached his target for donations.

The Pearly Queen of Crystal Palace, Carole Jolly, said Arthur, who was a pearly king for 35 years, was a wonderful friend.

“He was a very dedicated man and a hard worker.

“He raised thousands of pounds over the years and never restricted himself to charities in Havering.

“Whoever needed his help would receive it – he was well known for his handmade magazine racks that he would make for friends.

“He will be missed by all the Pearlies.”

Pearly Queen of Bow Bells and Old Kent Road, Doreen Golding, said Arthur was a true gentleman.

She said: “He was an old school gentleman. You don’t meet many of his sort now.

“He was very passionate about charity.

“He liked to be on his own but loved being busy and helping raise money for local hospices.”

Did you know or meet Arthur? Send your pictures and tributes to or call 0208 477 3826.


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