South Essex has paid tribute to TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The variety show legend died on Friday at the age of 89 at his Wentworth Estate home in Surrey.

John Lamb, leader of Southend Council, said Sir Bruce’s passing was a loss for everyone as he was the face of variety shows for decades, entertaining millions in the process.

He added: “It’s a terrible shame. He will be greatly missed by so many people.”

Mr Lamb said Sir Bruce was not only multi-talented with his singing, dancing and charisma, but he had a warm personality to make everyone feel at ease.

He recalled: “I’ve met him once before and he was a really approachable guy.”

Mr Lamb said he will always remember Sir Bruce’s natural grace and charm, adding: “He had the knack of talking to people and making them feel at ease. When he was hosting Strictly he comforted a lot of the contestants who had received harsh comments from the judges.

“I think he is the symbol of variety shows, he shone like a beacon amongst others.” Castle Point councillor Chas Mumford, former director of the Cliffs Pavilion, said he would never forget his stunning performances, and the heyday of variety shows when Sir Bruce dominated the industry with his breathtaking performances.

He said: “He’s one of the greatest variety artists of the era and he had a massive career in television. He was a big hero to a lot of people and he was a great household name.

We would have loved him to do a show at the Cliffs Pavilion because many fans would have been delighted.” Mr Mumford added Sir Bruce was a rare gem as he was so talented in singing, dancing and acting, saying: “He will be forever missed.”