TRIBUTES have been paid to popular radio presenter Trevor Fry after his death at his South Gloucestershire home was announced.

Trevor, 68, of Pilning, started his career on hospital radio before moving to Bristol's first commercial station, Radio West, in 1982.

He had wanted to work for the BBC since he was just seven years old and achieved his ambition in 1997 when he joined Radio Bristol.

At the station he presented the Sunday morning breakfast show and the Late Show, with his programmes heard around the South West.

In 2010 he also won a Radio Academy Award for his tribute programme to the World War One veteran, Harry Patch.

Tim Pemberton, managing editor of Radio Bristol, said: "Trevor was an outstanding broadcaster, colleague and friend and will be greatly missed.

"He embodied the best of local radio with his warm tones and love of the area that he served.

"He was the last voice that many of our listeners heard at night and was a firm favourite on Sunday mornings for many years as well."

Trevor's wife, Sue, thanked everyone who had sent messages of support. She said his death "has come as a huge shock and we are all completely devastated."

BBC colleague and fellow broadcaster David Garmston, who worked with Trevor at Radio West, said he was always very professional.

He said: "He was thrilled to be working for the BBC - it was a dream come true for him and he never took it for granted.

"When we saw him coming in to prepare for his shows, after 20 years doing it a lot of people would busk it, but Trevor would be in early preparing."

Pilning resident Roy Edwardes said: "Trevor was a lovely man. I'd only spoken to him a few days before he died and we had a lovely litle chat. I can't believe he's gone.

"He used to do loads of things for the community - in Pilning, Easter Compton and Severn Beach - and would bring all his skills to village events, whether it was a carnival or an event organised by the scouts. He will be sadly missed."