Rainbow’s Geoffrey Hayes dies at 76

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Geoffrey Hayes with his Rainbow co-stars in 2001

Geoffrey Hayes, who hosted long-running children’s TV show, Rainbow, has died aged 76.

The actor and presenter died in hospital surrounded by his family, according to his manager.

In a statement, Phil Dale said: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Geoffrey passed away in hospital with his wife, Sarah, and son, Tom, by his side.”

Hayes presented Rainbow between 1974 to 1992.

The show featured puppet characters Zippy, George and Bungle and ran for more than 1,000 episodes.

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