THE FAMILY of popular landlord Alex Pope have invited people to 'celebrate his life with us' as they release details of his funeral.

Paul Pry landlord and chef Alex Pope's funeral will take place at Worcester Cathedral on Monday, February 19.

There was an outpouring of sadness when it was announced he had died suddenly on January 13 at the age of 39 with hundreds of people paying tribute to him.

The family released a statement saying: "Although Alex’s life ended before we were ready, the time that he spent in our lives was memorable and full of joy.

"We welcome you to celebrate his life with us at Worcester Cathedral on Monday, February 19, at 1.30pm.

"The family ask for donations to Age UK in lieu of flowers on the day.

"Details of Alex's wake to follow."

The pub, based in The Butts, initially closed after the news came out but Mr Pope's family later reopened, on reduced hours, to give people a chance to raise a glass to him.

A fundraising page was also set up in memory of Alex to help pay for funeral costs and the ongoing running costs of the pub, with thousands of pounds raised in 24 hours.

The page was left open and, as of Tuesday morning, (February 6), has raised £15,850.

An emotional post when his death was announced said: "It is with immense sadness and pain that we must announce the sudden passing of our son, brother, partner, friend and landlord, Alex James Pope.

“We are beyond devastated and broken, but we are comforted knowing how loved he is and how much support we have around us.

“We love you more than words can express and there will forever be a void in our hearts.

“Goodnight chef.”

Worcester News: MEMORIES: Alex Pope behind the bar of the Paul PryMEMORIES: Alex Pope behind the bar of the Paul Pry (Image: Paul Pry)

Other Worcester pubs and businesses were also quick to pay tribute.

The Alma Tavern said: “Such sad news, our thoughts are with Alex’s family and friends.”

And Jackie Barry, landlord at the Northwick Arms, said: “We at The Northwick Arms are terribly sorry to see this. Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family and all the staff.”

The 200-year-old pub, which is a Grade II listed building, has gone from strength to strength with Mr Pope at the helm.

Worcester News readers have hailed the Paul Pry as one of Worcester’s hidden gems and last summer it started serving street food in addition to its famous roasts. However, the pub has taken the decision not to serve food since Mr Pope's death.