TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Scarborough musician who has entertained hundreds of locals and visitors for more than 30 years.
Steve Leigh, known for being the lead guitarist of The Pulse, died suddenly on Monday aged 55.
Following his death family and friends have paid tribute to the “devoted family man” who was a “much loved local performer”.
His family have described him as being well respected by a lot of people, and a true gentleman.
Music was a big part of Mr Leigh’s life, and his family say they were so proud of him when he was on stage as it was his passion.
At the same time he has been described as a real family man who liked to be at home.
Mr Leigh’s proudest moment on stage was when he performed at the Newcastle Packet with The Pulse, and his daughter Sara was supporting him with her band The Berettas.
Mr Leigh’s daughters Sara and Laura described their father as a “real hero”.
Band mate Jon Speakman, who plays keyboard for The Pulse, paid tribute to Steve on behalf of the band and their partners.
He said; “Steve was the real driving force behind the band. He organised us, the equipment and generally kept us all on our toes.
“In addition to being an extremely talented musician, he was one of the most genuine and kind people any of us have ever known.
“We are truly blessed and honoured to have known him.
“He leaves us, our families and supporters with some fantastic memories that we will always cherish.
“Our thoughts are now with his family. Au revoir Mister Steve – most excellent!”
Mr Leigh, who was shortly due to retire from GCHQ, moved to Scarborough in 1977 from Gloucester due to his job.
After a short time in the town he responded to an advert in the paper for a lead guitarist; leading him not only to his first band in Scarborough, Snatch, but also his wife Sue.
Mr Leigh went on to play for a number of local bands including Sneaker, Locomotion, Foolish Hearts, and most recently The Pulse.
He played at venues across the town, regularly pulling in the crowds at the Newcastle Packet, the Tap and Spile, the Ramshill and the New Tavern, as well as performing the New Year’s Eve gig at the Rugby Club for the past seven years with The Pulse.
Colin Adamson, secretary of Scarborough Rugby Club, said: “I am very shocked and sad to hear the news about Steve.
“As part of the band he had become an integral part of New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Rugby Club.
“They fully entered into the spirit of the event and created a great atmosphere.”
Mr Leigh’s funeral service is being held on Monday at St Mark’s Church from 1.15pm.