TRIBUTES have been paid to a "wonderful man who made a difference".

John Collins, who lived in Malton, died last week following a long illness, aged 72. John played an active role in a number of charities and organisations in Ryedale, including Sight Support Ryedale, The Dickens Museum, Malton Cinema and Milton Rooms. He also wrote for the Gazette & Herald and many other publications.

Sophie Legard, of Malton Relish and fellow member of Malton in Business, said: "John was a lovely and wonderful man, quite understated but always a person who got things done and made a real difference.”

John’s sister Liz Cashman said: “He loved Malton, the small town community, and the Quaker community. He loved his involvement in the Dickens Society, where he was a volunteer and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Dickens’ work.

“The love of his life, his pride and joy was his daughter Laura. He kept every card she ever sent him and talked about her achievements and budding career with immense pride."

John’s funeral will take place at Scarborough Crematorium at noon on Tuesday, March, 13, followed by a Quaker Meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Greengate, Malton, at 2pm.