Lloyd Blake said that Andy Hamilton earned the name legend, as a human being, a community person and a well known musician.
He said he was someone who "never failed".
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Remaining rather cloudy, but the patchy light rain will ease and clear during the evening.
Outbreaks of rain or sleet will soon clear east this evening to give some clear spells overnight.