Tributes to Stephen Luke, Round Table stalwart, big band musician and journalist

Stephen Luke
Image caption Stephen Luke played the trumpet with several south Wales big bands

Tributes have been paid to an active member of Maesteg Round Table and south Wales big band music who has died after a short illness.

Stephen Luke, 32, from Maesteg, had worked as a journalist at BBC Wales in Cardiff for 11 years.

Carl Evans, who knew Mr Luke via Milford Haven Coastguard and Maesteg Round Table, said "the world is less rich" without him.

Flags at BBC have been lowered as a mark of respect.

In tribute, Mr Evans said: "He was a true ambassador for everything he was involved in from journalism, Round Table through to his love of band music.

"He was a compassionate and gentle human being and the world is less rich without his presence."

Lynne Beedle, the mayor of Maesteg and a family friend, said people in the town were "dumbfounded" over Mr Luke's death.

"He was a very, very busy lad and he was a great community activist," she said.

"He was always happy and smiling. You would always see Stephen with a smile.

"He was so full of life and doing and giving. He was very genuine and will be hugely missed."

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