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Residents’ association adds tribute to ‘part of our community’ Upminster Pearly King Arthur Rackley

PUBLISHED: 07:01 09 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

A residents’ association has added its voice to tributes to Upminster’s Pearly King Arthur Rackley who has died.

The Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association (UCRA) published a statement paying tribute to Mr Rackley, who was found at his home in St Albans Avenue, Cranham.

The 90-year-old had been a Pearly King since 1980, taking over from his brother Jim following his death.

The tribute said: “A familiar sight in Upminster, Cranham and beyond, Arthur worked tirelessly for local charities and in particular Saint Francis Hospice.

“He was a real character who would spend many hours collecting donations in Station Road outside the Rainbow Children’s Charity shop.

“Sadly, a part of our community has now gone but Arthur will be fondly remembered and missed by many.”

To share your memories of Mr Rackley call the Recorder newsdesk on 020 8477 3858,


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