TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular caravanner described as a ‘true gent’ who was ‘willing to help anyone.’

Paul Edwards, an active member of Brean Seasonal Caravanners (BSC), died suddenly at his home in Brynmawr in Wales on December 30 aged 50, his wife has confirmed.

Paul and his family regularly holidayed in their caravan at Diamond Farm in Brean and he was one of the first members of caravanning group, BSC.

His wife, Helen, said Paul was a popular character at the caravan site and paid tribute to her husband describing him as ‘a loving husband and father.’

“Paul’s caravan was his life. We used to see all of our friends down at the caravan every year in Brean,” Mrs Edwards said.

“He put up all of the awnings around the caravan site and he was willing to help anyone who needed it.

“We have been caravanning for a long time but have been at Diamond Farm for about four years.

“He would always help anyone who needed it and was a character alright.

“We had two children of our own but Paul took on and raised three children as his own.

“He was a loving husband and father.”

Helen said the family will not be returning to holiday in Brean after Paul’s death but said they have a number of happy memories at the caravan site.

Martin Mills, chairman of BSC, also paid tribute to Paul who he described as a ‘friendly and popular man.’

“Paul was one of the first people my wife and I met when we arrived in Brean five years ago,” Martin said.

“He had a beaming smile and the strongest Welsh accent I have ever heard.

“He was the first to offer help when we arrived and this really set the scene for the years that were to follow.

“An experienced caravan owner his knowledge did him credit. He would often be seen battling the elements in an attempt to rescue an awning.

“He was one of the first to join BSC and was friendly and popular not just among the Diamond Farm caravan owners but Brean as a whole.

“Paul was a true gent who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.”