TRIBUTES have been paid to a leading Borders tennis coach who has died of cancer.

Father-of-two Steve Lampert, of Berwickshire, died on Monday (October 12) surrounded by family, according to his wife Suzanne.

Mrs Lampert published a public Facebook post yesterday (Friday, October 16).

It reads: “Less than three weeks ago we received the devastating news that Steve’s cancer had spread and on Monday morning, Steve lost his brave fight against the cruel disease. 

“We are heartbroken but we are taking great comfort from Steve’s courage and positive attitude throughout the last three and a bit years; the wonderful memories we have; the peaceful ending at home with his family around him; and the fantastic support from an amazing group of family and friends.

“In line with current restrictions, the funeral at the Borders Crematorium in Melrose, is private. 

“However, if anyone wishes to wave a final goodbye to Steve, the hearse will leave our home and travel through Duns at 10am on Friday, October 23 (via Station Road and Newtown Street and past the high school and primary school), before heading through Greenlaw, Gordon and Earlston.”

The Facebook post has triggered an outpouring of tributes to Mr Lampert, who taught tennis players and tutored fellow coaches.

Mr Lampert and his wife have two young daughters. The family’s home is near Duns.