Tributes have been paid to a well-known Lowestoft man described as always going "above and beyond" in helping others.

Edward Mynott - or Ted as he was known - was a skilled labourer, and was instrumental in supporting Olympic long distance runner Paul Evans in the early years of his athletics career.

He also helped to set up Lowestoft Road Runners in the mid-1990s and was renowned for his involvement with local athletics.

Born in 1942, Mr Mynott grew up in Hemsby, but spent the majority of his life in Lowestoft.

Mr Mynott died aged 80 on Friday, February 3.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Tributes have been paid to well-known Lowestoft character Edward ‘Ted’ Mynott. Picture: The Mynott familyTributes have been paid to well-known Lowestoft character Edward ‘Ted’ Mynott. Picture: The Mynott family (Image: The Mynott family)

Family and friends have described him as "one of a kind", who was known for his forceful personality and going "above and beyond" in helping those in need.

He spent the majority of his life in Lowestoft after marrying his wife of 57 years, Margaret, in 1965.

The couple emigrated to western Australia shortly after this as 'ten pound poms', with their first son Edward born there in 1966.

The family returned to the UK in 1968, and Mr Mynott then worked all his life as a skilled labourer, first for the Norfolk-based firm May Gurney where he was active in the trade union organisation, and then from 1978 as a self-employed builder.

Mr Mynott gained a university degree in Portuguese aged 59, but in 2014 he was diagnosed with the rare neurological condition PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) which slowed him down considerably in his latter years.

His eldest son, Edward, said he would best remember his dad as "always building something, always rushing somewhere, always talking to someone – whether they liked it or not!

"A man with a big heart, determined to get stuck in and make things happen."

Mr Mynott leaves his wife Margaret and children Edward, Claire and Stephen.

His funeral will take place at 12.15pm on Friday, March 3 at Gorleston Crematorium, with donations accepted in his name - in lieu of flowers - to be sent to The PSP Association.