A POPULAR charmer who dazzled crowds with his musical skills has died, aged 83.

Brian Lawrence, of Great Oakley, was a prominent member of the Harwich Drum and Pipe Band, as well as the Royal British Legion.

Born in Scotland, Brian moved to Essex about 50 years ago. He completed his national service with the RAF, working in radar.

The funeral was held at Weeley Crematorium on June 25.

Wife Betty said: “Brian was a real charmer with tremendous charisma. Everybody who knew him loved him."