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Tributes to Ribble Valley alderman Bert Jones, 93
TRIBUTES have been paid to a council stalwart and Ribble Valley alderman who has died aged 93.
Bert Jones, who was a member of the Ribble Valley Borough Council from 1976 to 1999, and was born in Clitheroe, was also made a burgess of the town in 1999 after serving on the town’s borough council from 1972 to 1974 and then the newly-formed town council from 1974 to 1999.
The great-granddad of six retired as a wages and administration clerk at ICI in Clitheroe in 1982 and continued to have an active interest in the town’s cricket and golf clubs.
Bert, who was the eldest child of six, was also chairman of Ribblesdale County Nursery School and particularly active on borough social housing issues.
The former Labour councillor famously held the balance of power on the borough council after the 1995 local elections, with the Conservative and Lib Dems winning an equal amount of seats.
The former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil’s daughter, Christine Wilson, 63, said that one of his most vivid memories of his time at ICI was when he was bound and gagged by an armed raider who entered the wages office in search of cash in 1973.
The robber only managed only to escape with a box containing documents.
Christine said her father had helped a lot of people during his political career.
She said: “He was always there if anyone had a problem that he could help with and was always happy to help.
“He would always go out of his way to do it.
“We are all very proud of all he did for the community and he left a lasting impression on the town and the borough.”
Clitheroe town council leader, Coun Mary Robinson, said: “He was a man I greatly admired and had a lot of respect for.
“He worked hard for the community and he shall be very much missed.”
Ribble Valley borough councillor Allan Knox, said: “The first election I fought in Clitheroe I lost by four votes to Bert.
“He always had good advice to give out and was very enjoyable to talk to.”
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