A MEMORIAL service is to be held to remember the life of a former Ribble Valley and Colne MP.

Lord David Waddington of Read died in February aged 87.

The Burnley-born politician was home secretary and government chief whip under Margaret Thatcher.

When John Major succeeded her as prime minister in 1990, he became leader of the House Lords and later became governor of Bermuda.

The service will take place at St Mary’s Church in Clitheroe on Saturday, July 1, at 1pm.

The following day a new church window, funded by the Waddington family, will be dedicated at St John’s Church in Read at 1pm.

People have been invited to attend both events.

He served as MP for Nelson and Colne from 1968 to 1974, as MP for Clitheroe from 1979 to 1983 and then the successor to the Ribble Valley constituency from 1983 to 1990.

For most of his political career the former barrister lived in Sabden.

Lord Waddington retired from the House of Lords in 2015.

The barrister turned politician led the Home Office at the time of the poll tax riots and the Strangeways prison disturbances in the Spring of 1990.