Colin Orchard

Tributes have been paid to sailor Colin Orchard who died from a brain tumour at his home aged 80. Mr Orchard, of East Winch, King's Lynn, had a long and varied career and even had a brief film debut when he was the sailing double for Al Pacino during the filming of Revolution.

Tributes have been paid to sailor Colin Orchard who died from a brain tumour at his home aged 80.

Mr Orchard, of East Winch, King's Lynn, had a long and varied career and even had a brief film debut when he was the sailing double for Al Pacino during the filming of Revolution.

He gained an engineering degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and joined the RAF in 1943, taking the rank of engine fitter.

In the 1950s, he travelled the world working for Cooper Roller Bearings in Lynn.


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He also ran the Whitehall Shipyard in Whitby for some time and later had a rigging workshop and chandlery in Lynn.

He spent the last 17 years or so teaching RYA coastal and ocean theory predominantly with the Westerly Sea School on the Solent and the East Anglian Sailing School in Ipswich.

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Mr Orchard raised five children in Norfolk and ran a guesthouse in Grimston. He also leaves seven grandchildren. A funeral service was held at All Saints Church, East Winch.

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