TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular former newspaper circulation manager and musician who passed away on February 6 at the age of 66.

Brian Cook sadly lost his 18 month battle with brain cancer.

He worked for the Wilts and Glos Standard, Stroud News & Journal and the Gloucestershire Gazette, and also ran a newsagents in Cirencester.

From a young age Brian excelled at classical music.

He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he obtained his degree.

Brian also went on to play in orchestras with the likes of esteemed musicians Alfredo Campoli and Andre Previn.

Brian said his greatest success was persuading his wife Jane to marry him.

Posting on Facebook, Liam Cook paid tribute to his late father, saying his dad “fought a long, hard battle right up until the end.

“He remained positive and optimistic with no complaints throughout his whole battle, and will be remembered as nothing short of inspirational.

“Dad, you will always be my best friend and I’ll miss you deeply every single day.”

Mark Watkins, who worked with Brian at the WGS, wrote: “Thinking of you tonight Bri, top chap. Rest in peace mate.”

Kirstie Miller said: “So sad to hear you have passed away, Brian.

“A great bloke and many fond memories, rest in peace.”

Tributes to Brian can be left on the WGS Facebook page.