STAFF at Cambridge Primary School in Barrow have paid tribute to former pupil Dave Myers, saying Barrow has lost its 'greatest ambassador'.

Hairy Biker Dave Myers has died at the age of 66, according to a statement from his co-star Si King on social media on Thursday (February 29).

The Hairy Biker was a pupil of the school when it was known as Abbotsmead and returned a few years ago to film as part of a BBC series.

Headteacher Jenny Lavery said the celebrity chef showed a genuine joy to be back in the school, telling stories about his time in school and his childhood in Barrow.

"Dave was a lovely person to meet, with no hint of fame or celebrity - a down-to-earth, genuine man," she said.

"He was warm and friendly with staff and children, allowing us to take photos and signing recipe books for us to raffle."

"He spent longer at the school than planned, filming pieces to camera, recording the voice over in my office and was generous enough to spend time answering questions the children had and allowing them to shadow him during filming. It really was such an event for us all.

"We are so sorry to hear of his death and send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends."

Mr Myers said at the time that he had ‘very fond memories’ of the school and that it was lovely to be back for the first time in 50 years. Speaking on The One Show's A Street Where You Live feature, he said the school was still thriving and a very friendly place.

He recalled how he learnt to tell left from right by thinking about where the school hall was in relation to the corridor and still remembered his left from right in this way.

Mr Myers, who grew up in nearby Devon Street, also credits the school for allowing him to discover an early love of art before going on to study for a fine art degree at Goldsmiths in London.