Customers and musicians have spoken fondly of a Largs pub which closed its doors for the final time recently.

Brian Purdie called it a day at The Waterside on April 21 after one final weekend of live music.

He told the News he closed the premises quietly after he had received an offer for the business to be converted into a Thai restaurant.

Brian had run the pub for 15 years, during which time it became well known for the live music offered at weekends.

The pub hosted regular entertainers, as well as hosting the popular Stoddy’s traditional music sessions, on the last Sunday of every month.

Tributes to the bar and its hard working owner have come pouring in on the Wee Paper's Facebook page since the annoucement.

Alan Rice said: "A great wee pub, great staff and super support for live music.

"Enjoyed watching some great bands over the years and The Skanks played there numerous times and always had a blast!

"All the best Brian - The Waterside will be missed!"

Caroline Le Good Morgan, who helps to organise the Stoddy's sessions, said: "Stoddys Traditional Session want to say a huge thank you to Brian for hosting our musicians for so many years and lately providing us with delicious sandwiches from soups and scoops.

"We want to wish you all the best in your retirement Brian, whether that be restful or busy.  

"Thanks also from Allan MacDougall and all the musicians who have played in the Waterside over the years."

Dawn Edwards said: "Such a sad loss. Brian and all the staff and the musicians ànd Arlene on the karaoke are going to be sorely missed. All the best for the future Brian."

Lorna McKellar said: "All the best Brian. I enjoyed jamming on my guitar with the others on a Tuesday and latterly a Thursday afternoon. Enjoy your retirement "

And Brenda Cook said: "That’s sad, loved the live music on a Saturday night."