Time has been called on the life of a popular publican of more than 30 years following his death last week.

Frank Rose had been the cheery face behind the bar of the Wheel Inn at Cury Cross Lanes, on the Lizard Peninsula, for 33 years.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer almost four years ago, he continued to work up until just before Christmas.

He then went into hospital on New Year's Eve for eight weeks before moving for the final two to St Julia's Hospice at Hayle, where he died last Thursday, aged 64.

Frank was known throughout the area through his time at the pub - his first and only venture in the industry.

He welcomed generations of Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers Club members over the years, who had a pool team there, with the pub also having its own darts and euchre teams.

His wife of the last ten years, Lesley, said: "The pub was his life, without a doubt.

"He was just so well known - everybody knew him. He's just a character that has been around for a long time."

On the rare occasions Frank was not pulling pints, he could be found supporting Cury Hunt and was also heavily involved in the Flora Day Horse Show in Helston.

Just days before his death the hunt met at the pub for the final meet of the season - and their 66th meet there with Frank in charge - where a collection raised more than £500 for St Julia's Hospice.

"He was just so well loved by everybody. If anybody needed anything from Frank and he could help then he would. He was just always there for everybody," added Lesley, who first got to know him years ago, through the young farmers, before they became a couple 13 years ago.

His funeral will take place in the same church they married in, St Winwaloe Church at Gunwalloe's Church Cove. This will be on Friday, April 12, at 3.30pm, followed by a gathering back at the Wheel Inn.

A collection in lieu of flowers will be in aid of St Julia's Hospice.