Friends in tribute to Carlisle cycle death pensioner

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Colin Rae was a committed environmentalist

An 83-year-old cyclist who was killed in a collision with a lorry in Cumbria has been described as a "popular, quiet and gentle man" by friends.

Colin Rae died on Wednesday after being struck by a lorry as he was riding his pedal cycle in Brampton Road, Carlisle.

A 61-year-old lorry driver was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed.

In a statement released through Cumbria Police, friends said Mr Rae, who lived in Brampton Road, loved to cycle.

'Keen organist'

The statement said Mr Rae, who was born locally and was the youngest of three brothers, had never married and had been a popular figure in the area for many years.

It said: "His main loves were his cycling, his music and his garden.

"Colin was keen on green, environmental issues and loved to cycle everywhere.

"He travelled to New Zealand where he went sightseeing round the country on a pedal cycle.

"He was a quiet, gentle man who was very intelligent and kept well abreast of current and local affairs.

"He was a keen church organ player and at the time that he died he was on his way to St Aidan's Church on Warwick Road to attend choir practice."

Richard Oakley, the vicar of St Aidan's, said: "He will be so greatly missed by me, and the whole congregation.

"Music was very important to Colin and he played the organ in many churches.

"Colin came across as a very quiet, solitary man but was popular with all those privileged to know him."

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