A man described as an "indispensable part" of Helston Town Band has died at the age of 81 after decades of service.

The band and committee have spoken of their sadness over the death of former long-serving band secretary Lionel Endean.

Although Lionel never actually played an instrument, he has been described as "an indispensable part of the organisation" since the early 1990s.

Helston-born Lionel worked tirelessly as a band secretary from 1993 until 2014, and a highlight of his tenure was helping the band move to its bandroom in Church Street.

In 2014 Lionel was presented with a silver salver by then band chairman Alan Trewhella in appreciation of his hard work over the 21 years as secretary.

Lionel was known by all those who attended Helston's solo and quartet contests, as he also took on the job of contest secretary, and made the role his own.

Having become acquainted with the band through his work as a steward at the Royal British Legion, Lionel was present at all practices, band engagements and trips and he soon became a key part of all that the band did, demonstrating that he was a great administrator and worker.

When the band travelled to Holland, Lionel joined them, and proved that while he may not play an instrument he was musical, by singing "Going up Camborne Hill" to whoever would listen.

He was also recorded singing the Chubby Brown hit "Living Next door to Alice" when the band were in Italy.

As well as his time with the band, Lionel volunteered at the Royal British Legion and became branch president.

He took part in Armistice Day parades, was present at the laying of the wreaths at the Grylls Monument, and services in St Michael's Church.

Lionel spent many years in the Army, and met his wife Hilda whilst serving in Germany. When they returned to civilian life, Lionel and Hilda bought a house in Four Lanes.

Chairman Ben Curnow said: "Despite stepping away from the day-to-day life of the band, Lionel remained a life member and trustee.

"He will always be fondly remembered as a true character and for his stalwart contribution to the success of Helston Town Band.

"The band sends condolences to Hilda and all the family."