Tributes have been paid to a South Ribble councillor who has died following a short illness.
Labour councillor Fred Heyworth, 83, was ward councillor for Seven Stars.
He served as a South Ribble councillor from May, 1995, with a two-year break between 1999-2001, and sat on appeals, council, planning and the standards committee.
He also served as Farington division councillor at Lancashire County Council from 2005-2009.
Councillor Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Borough Council said: “We are very sorry to hear of the death of councillor Fred Heyworth who has passed away after a short illness. Fred was an extremely valued, long standing councillor and my sympathies are with his friends, family and the Labour group.”
Councillor Paul Foster, leader of the opposition at South Ribble Borough Council said: “Councillor Fred Heyworth was the chairman of our group and was a real old school politician.
“He valued every person and everyone’s position on this council and he was desperately looking forward to becoming the deputy mayor in May.
“His death has come as a real shock to us all, at the minute the Labour group feels numb.
“Fred will leave a huge hole in our group as we’ve lost a valued member, a good friend and a true gentlemen.”
County councillor Matthew Tomlinson said: “Fred was a great constant in the local Labour Party over the last 20 years. I valued his common sense advice and calm demeanour enormously.
“Whether it was his passion for the work of the children’s centre or the support he gave to other, younger councillors, Fred never gave less than 100 per cent. He will leave a big hole in the Labour movement. I will miss him terribly.”
Mr Heyworth’s funeral will take place next Thursday, March 10.
The cortege will drive past the Civic Centre, Leyland, before going onto St Aidan’s Church, Bamber Bridge, for a service at 11am.
The family have asked for family flowers only and any donations to be made to Derian House children’ hospice on Mr Heyworth’s behalf.
The Mayor of South Ribble, councillor Mary Green, will attend in a civic role.