Ray Diles, the man behind Walnut Tree Way's Christmas house, has passed away

Christmas spectacular ‘Peter Pan’ dies at 75

Christmas spectacular ‘Peter Pan’ dies at 75

First published in News

A GREAT-GRANDAD who raised thousands of pounds for charity by adorning his house with Christmas decorations has died, aged 75.

Ray Diles and his wife, Marilyn Banyard, decorated their house in Walnut Tree Way, Colchester, for 25 years in aid of the RSPCA.

The couple spent months getting it ready and it became known in the street as the Christmas House.

They stopped in 2011, due to Mr Diles’ deteriorating health. He died on May 30 from lung disease.

Ms Banyard said: “Ray was the man who never grew up, a Peter Pan. He had the kindest heart you could ever come across. If he could make someone laugh, it made his day.”

Read more in today's Gazette.

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9:07am Tue 10 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

RIP Ray. Visiting your house always told us kids that Christmas had truely arrived.
RIP Ray. Visiting your house always told us kids that Christmas had truely arrived. Ritchie_Hicks
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12:42pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Big Steve says...

Ritchie-Hicks I agree. Even when I moved to London we used to visit the house with the kids. I will be making a donation to RSPCA in his memory. Sadly missed.
Ritchie-Hicks I agree. Even when I moved to London we used to visit the house with the kids. I will be making a donation to RSPCA in his memory. Sadly missed. Big Steve
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9:08pm Tue 10 Jun 14

NolongerGREATBritain says...

RIP to one of life's true gentlemen. My condolences to the family. Both my children adored Ray and his "lighthouse". Like Big Steve I will be donating to the RSPCA this year in his memory.
RIP to one of life's true gentlemen. My condolences to the family. Both my children adored Ray and his "lighthouse". Like Big Steve I will be donating to the RSPCA this year in his memory. NolongerGREATBritain
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