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Fond memories of 'generous' West Norfolk villager who has died at 90




A Stow Bridge resident whose 90th birthday was marked with a special effort by friends during lockdown has died.

Raymond Nicholls passed away in the early hours of Friday, family members confirmed.

Mr Nicholls’ son David and stepdaughter Lesley Johnson said: “He will be sadly missed.”

Raymond Nicholls pictured outside his house in Stow Bridge. He has sadly passed away
Raymond Nicholls pictured outside his house in Stow Bridge. He has sadly passed away

It was a memorable community effort in June which marked Mr Nicholls’ landmark birthday.

Fellow bingo fan Belinda Stacey, from Downham, came up with the idea and asked people who knew Mr Nicholls to join her in wishing him well from a safe distance in front of his home.

Belinda said at the time: “They were all social distancing, queueing to see him, and he was overwhelmed, bless him. He was a little bit choked up.

“Some people were driving by and beeping too.

“I think he wasn’t expecting people to turn out like they did – he just thought it was going to be a day like any other.

“His phone was busier than ever. I think he thought people would forget him.”

She added that he was a generous man who always gave his bingo prizes to others.

Anybody wishing to know the funeral details should call 07508 147787.



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