THE family of a man who drowned in the Thames at Henley have paid tribute to a ?warm, loving individual?.
Peter Redding, 34, is believed to have been pulled under the water while trying to swim across the river on Friday night.
Police were called out just before midnight to reports of a man lowering himself into the river from Red Lion Lawn.
A helicopter searched the area straight away but a specialist search and rescue recovered Mr Redding?s body at 10am on Saturday.
The family and friends of Mr Redding, who celebrated his birthday three days before the accident, are said to be ?devastated?.
Mr Redding?s mother Teresa said: ?Peter was an absolute star. He was really happy and settled ? everything was going well. He will be truly missed?.
A statement on behalf of the family says: ?Peter, an accomplished salesman at Audi Motors on Rose Kiln Lane, was a very popular member of the community.
?Peter was passionate about music and was a talented musician who over the years had played in many bands on the Reading music scene.
?Former band members talk of the beautiful lyrics the accomplished songwriter wrote and friends have flooded partner Rachel and the family with condolences and happy memories they shared with Peter.
?Peter was a warm, loving individual who had lots of friends in Reading and Gallowstree Common, where he grew up. His family and partner are understandably devastated by the news.?
A service will be held at Stoke Row Church next Tuesday (6) for family and friends to say goodbye to Peter.
For the full story, pick up a copy of this week?s Henley Standard.
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