Well-known Nailsworth character John Hatton has died - and all are invited to celebrate his life.

John - who has been described 'a legend in his own lunchtime' - died in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday, February 1 after developing pneumonia.

He was hospitalised at the end of November after a fall at his flat in Nailsworth.

His funeral is at 1.30pm on Friday, February 21 at the Priory Church of the Annunciation at St Mary's Hill, Inchbrook (GL5 5HP) - see woodchesterpriory.org.uk

Originally from Barnsley, John spent his life working in journalism and carried on doing occasional investigative pieces after he retired. One main interest was miscarriages of justice.

An avid reader, he was also interested in history.

He was well-known in pubs across the Five Valleys, where he would enjoy holding court and debating matters of the day, always with a pint of real ale in his hand.

John was also an occasional member of the Stroud Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group.

Tim Mars, pubs officer for Stroud CAMRA, said: "He was a legend in his own lunchtime. I used to refer to him as the Dishonourable Member for Nailsworth!"