TRIBUTES have been paid to an entertainment ‘legend’.

Matt Evans, 47, was programme manager at The Grand arts centre in Clitheroe and was founder and promoter of the Cloudspotting music festival in the Ribble Valley.

The Lancashire Telegraph created a book of condolence on their website for friends and family to leave their memories and pay their respects.

Anne Ellwood from Accrington, said: “I’m gutted to hear about Matt, so many wonderful memories and not least as a Burnley fan! Sending you all my love.”

Adele Hargreaves from Blackburn said: “I’m so deeply saddened and shocked. Please know that I am blessed to have known Matt. He is a legend. He was so willing to share his love of the very best things that life has to offer. Music, arts - he was deeply passionate about trying to share all that was out there to offer. That’s what Matt was about. Loving life - every uncovered inch of it. I will miss him so much. Please take all my love - Judy, Roscoe and Marlon.

Claire Lawrence, who lives in Poulton, said: “I went to Whalley school with Matt. My love goes to you all love.”

A spokesman from the Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues club said: “Professional, creative and calming – Matt Evans enabled Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues to showcase the very best in jazz and beyond. Matt was a main component in making the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival successful over the last 10 years.

“His connections with artists was a crucial part of attracting internationally recognised performers and up-and-coming artists and bands to Clitheroe and The Grand. He was really good to work with as when problems arose he would find ways to sort them out and make everyone feel happy.

“The Matt & Miles RV Jazz & Blues Show on Ribble FM was great listening both to the witty banter and great tracks chosen.

“We will take the wisdom he gave us into the future, we still have upcoming gigs that he has arranged. It’s not enough to say we will miss him, we are devastated.

“We send all our love and care to his family.”