The legacy of a respected and dedicated Scout leader who has died aged 53 will be carried on through a shooting competition for youngsters.

Simon Tubby, from Hammond Close in Sprowston, who was a volunteer leader of the 15th Norwich Air Scout Group for 15 years, died on March 3 from suspected heart failure.

He was known as "Slug" by members and volunteers within the Eastern Norwich Scout District organisation and led weekly Scout and Explorer Scouts sessions at the 15th Norwich Plumstead Road East base.

The Kestrel Kitchens' fitter and scooter enthusiast also dedicated many hours to weekend Scout camps and activities, including the Norjam event, as well as organising activities for the youngsters including his favourite hobby - air pistol shooting.

Eastern Daily Press: Simon Slug Tubby, who has died age 53. He was a dedicated leader of the 15th Norwich Air Scouts for many yearsSimon Slug Tubby, who has died age 53. He was a dedicated leader of the 15th Norwich Air Scouts for many years (Image: Gwen Wilkin)

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Gwen Wilkin, district commissioner for the Eastern Norwich Scout District, said: "Simon was a much loved and respected member of the Scouting community.

"What I will remember most about Simon, is his smile, he always wore his smile no matter what was happening around him, how giving of his time, no matter how busy he may have been, he always had time to help out.

"As an ongoing memorial to Simon and because of his love of shooting and organising the district shooting competition, we have purchased a trophy with his name on to be presented to the overall winner of the shooting competition each year.

"It has been a pleasure to work alongside Simon. He will be sorely missed."

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Mr Tubby's sister, Lisa Pendergast, 51, from Martham, said: "It was a natural thing for him to help with the Scouts.

"There was no one he disliked. He was such a kind soul."

Their mother had been a volunteer Guide leader in Martham for many years and he was a Cub and Scout in the village.

An oak tree has also been planted at the Scouts base in memory of the father-of-three.