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TRIBUTES have been paid to a "loving and generous" Scarborough businessman who collapsed and died while playing pool.

Barry Jenkinson, 55, owned the Molly Malone's and Leeds Fisheries restaurants in Eastborough, and had also taken over the street's Turks Head pub just three weeks ago.

Mr Jenkinson was playing for his pub's pool team in an away fixture at Riskers bar, Esplanade, when tragedy struck.

His daughter Beverly, 30, a carer, of Hindle Drive, Filey, said: "Dad was very laid back and easy going who was always happy. He loved his sport – badminton, golf and snooker – and he liked a flutter on the horses. He was a top businessman and an amazing man."

He lived with partner Kerry Young who said: "We were together four years. He was the most gentle and loving man I had ever met. He lived life to the full."

A fisherman, Mr Jenkinson was born and raised in Filey before moving to Scarborough about 25 years ago.

He made regular trips to Majorca to see eldest daughter Therase, 33, and his grandchildren, and visited the Spanish island just days before his death.

Damon Hotchin, manager of the Turks Head, said: "I'd worked for him for three weeks but I knew him pretty well.

"He was well-known down Eastborough and he's really going to be missed."

Rob Bishop, who runs Rob's Tattoos across the road from the Turks Head, said: "Barry was a really nice bloke. I've known him since I set up the business 10 years ago – he was welcoming and helpful. He was a real gentleman."

Sharon Jackson, of John Wherritts gift store, said: "Everyone on Eastborough is in shock. He was very well liked."

Mr Jenkinson had a third daughter, Evie, four, and four grandchildren. Funeral details will be confirmed shortly.