UPDATE: Man who died during Orpington light switch-on named locally as Bobby Rye

PUBLISHED: 10:13 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:13 21 November 2013

@CrayFestival RIP Bobby Rye our leader of the dance Cray Fest wont be the same without you x

@CrayFestival RIP Bobby Rye our leader of the dance Cray Fest wont be the same without you x


The man who died during the Orpington Christmas lights switch-on has been named locally as Bobby Rye.

Emergency services were called to the Walnuts Shopping Centre at around 7.30pm last night, where the 60-year-old has collapsed after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

Tributes have begun to pour in for Bobby, who was described as “the star” of this year’s Cray Festival.

Organisers paid tribute on their official Facebook page, saying: “News has reached us that the star of this year’s Cray Festival Bobby Rye died today of a heart attack ..on his last day he died dancing as he lived and we salute him RIP Bobby. Next year’s festival will be held in your honour.”

Local residents have also paid tribute on the page, with Jude Ball calling him “Mr Cray Festival”.

She added: “The man was, and always will be a total legend. He was Mr Cray Festival and will be greatly missed.

“Put a smile on everyone’s face when he was around - his smile was truly infectious. RIP Bobby, dancing on a cloud xx.”

Police officers performed CPR on Bobby at the scene until paramedics arrived. He was taken to the Princess Royal University Hospital, in Farnborough Common, where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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