Tributes paid to beloved councillor

Coun Tom Hanson has died aged 84
Coun Tom Hanson has died aged 84

The civic flag is flying at half-mast above South Ribble Council’s Leyland offices after the death of a beloved councillor.

Coun Tom Hanson, who represented Bamber Bridge West, died on Saturday evening in St Catherine’s Hospice surrounded by his family, including his five daughters.

The 84-year-old Labour politician had clocked up a staggering 34 years representing residents in the borough and was one of five councillors recently honoured for his long service.

Coun Hanson was also proud to serve as Mayor of South Ribble between 1991 and 1992 and more recently had been a member of the Standards Committee.

Leading the tributes, friend and Labour party leader Coun Matthew Tomlinson said: “Tom Hanson was a giant of South Ribble Council.

“Deputy leader for three different Labour leaders and a man for whom integrity and honesty was always at the core of what he did.

“I know that he will be missed not only by the people of the council but by the residents in Bamber Bridge, whom he loved.”

Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council and the Conservative group, added: “Tom has been a very active and loyal member of the council for a long time and was recently honoured with a long service award.

“He served the council with truth and honesty and the Conservative group as a whole will be passing on its condolences to the Labour group.

“He will be missed.”

A service will be held at Charnock Richard Crematorium on Tuesday, November 11, at 2pm. The funeral procession will drive past the Civic Centre in West Paddock, Leyland, at 1.30pm on its way to the service.