Upminster’s Pearly King, Arthur Rackley, has died.

Pearly King

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.”

Source: Romford Recorder

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November 9, 2015