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TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘perfect gentleman’ with his heart in the skies.

Peter Eager, a Goodwood Festival of Speed commentator, has died aged 73.

He had been diagnosed with lung cancer at Christmas.

His wife Michele said: ‘He was generous, he was caring, he was a stickler for detail.

‘He was a perfect gentleman.’

Peter, who was born and brought up in Gosport, started the Shoreham Airshow with friend, Don Bean, 23 years ago.

Don said: ‘It is a very sad day for us all.’

Michele said what had started as a ‘candy floss and fairground ride fundraiser’ had since collected more than £1.8m for the Royal Air Force Association’s Wings Appeal.

She added: ‘He was chuffed to bits. I reckon he and Don have done a sterling job, and should be proud of it. It is a team effort, and Peter was very, very happy to be part of the team.’

As well as commentating at the Festival of Speed, Peter, who lived in East Anglia, also commentated at the Goodwood Motorcycle Revival.

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