FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to a Portishead doctor of engineering.

Peter Calder of Charlcombe Rise died on August 31 after a long illness, aged 87.

Born in Switzerland, a former president of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he worked as an engineering project director and in 1976 was awarded an OBE for his services to Concorde.

Dr Calder married Mary Meredith in 1963 and lived in London and Derby before settling in the West Country.

He, along with his wife, had keen humanitarian interests and supported of the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary and Bristol’s HorseWorld.

A celebration of Dr Calder’s life will be held at Canford crematorium tomorrow (Fri) at 1pm. Donations for the donkey sanctuary will be accepted at F H Hallidays in Portishead High Street.