THERE has been a huge outpouring of support after an 'amazing' entertainer who helped bring the Metrognomes 'to life' died today.

Tributes have been paid to Metrocentre entertainer, John Lambert after shopping centre bosses confirmed his death on Wednesday.

John, who worked alongside the shopping centre's mascots, had become a well-known face to thousands of visitors over the past 30 years.

It comes as tomorrow (October 14) will mark 35 years to the day the shopping centre was first opened to the public.

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'John has brought joy'

Paying tribute, a spokesperson for Metrocentre said: "Today we’d like to give a special mention to our dear friend John Lambert who has been a big part of entertaining families across the North East for over 30 years.

"John sadly passed away today so we wanted to share a selection of photos from the many events and promotions we have held here at Metrocentre over the years.

"John’s creativity and colourful imagination helped bring the Metrognomes to life and together they have brought joy to thousands of families over the years.

"We will miss John hugely, and have his family, friends and the Q20 team (past and present) in our thoughts at this sad time."

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'John was such a lovely man'

On social media dozens of people paid tribute to John, with many remembering him from his array of shows held at the centre.

Margaret Robinson said: "Sad day but great memories of days at MetroCentre management when John entertained not only customers but our team too."

Lou Osborne said: "John was such a lovely man. He always had time to talk to everyone, had such amazing ideas and was an absolute gem. He will be missed."

Lesley Ann Tuck said: "Remember this man, was always very enthusiastic. Thinking of his family."

Further comments appeared to pay tribute to his work, with others describing him as "brilliant."


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