TRIBUTES have been paid to a former soldier and stalwart of Bromyard community.

A prominent figure in Bromyard life, Dave Hounsell was involved with many organisations within the town, donating his time and energy to helping and supporting his community.

A veteran who, after leaving the forces, worked on many of the farms in the area, Dave was well known and respected by the farming community.

He had a unique bond with the Bromyard Army Cadet Force, where he excelled in youth leadership, passing on his military experience as a cadet instructor for many years.

He was also a staunch supporter of the Royal British Legion, serving as a Bromyard Branch Committee Member, and always one of the first to volunteer his services for roles varying from carrying water at the Gala to his favourite role as Parade Marshal for the town Remembrance Parade.

And as a volunteer driver for the Community Transport, he was known for his caring, jolly personality.

His other great love was Bromyard Rugby Club, where his big Sunday breakfasts, management and fundraising efforts were infamous.

Club members have paid tribute to "an absolute gent," and "a true legend and rugby friend who will be truly missed."

"Nothing was ever too much for Dave and he always put himself forward to help our community," said Bromyard Royal British Legion Chairman, Norman Dunn.

"Dave was a most exceedingly modest gentleman and there is a great deal this man did for the Legion and for Bromyard which passed unnoticed.

"He will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Jean and children Paul and Dawn.

"In his Legion dress, blazer slacks and beret Dave was always immaculate in his turn out, as St Peter will find out at the Pearly Gates when Dave arrives – get those halo’s polished now!"