Flag flies at half mast for former chief executive

John Leadbetter
John Leadbetter
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A former council chief executive has died, aged 72.

John Leadbetter was top officer at South Ribble Borough Council in the 1980s and 1990s.

Originally from Leyland, he joined the council at the age of 44, from Ealing Borough Council in London, where he was chief executive.

He returned to the north when he replaced the retiring chief official John Hamm at South Ribble Borough Council.

Mr Leadbetter, who lived with his wife Joan on Worden Lane, Leyland, died suddenly on Monday.

Joan said: “He was a wonderful man, a marvellous husband and I loved him very much.”

South Ribble Borough Council leader, councillor Margaret Smith, paid a tribute saying: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of former South Ribble chief executive John Leadbetter. Mr Leadbetter served South Ribble for seven years, from May 1988 to November 1995. A Lancashire lad, he moved to London where he worked for Ealing Borough Council, before returning home to 

“Those who worked with him will remember him as a quiet and polite man. He was also considerate and very kind and was very much a steady hand on the tiller for South Ribble. My sincere condolences go to his wife Joan.

“The civic flag will be flown at half-mast above the Civic Centre in Leyland until after the funeral, details of which are yet to be announced.”