A new bench in memory of a former councillor has been installed in an East Lancashire parish.

Ribble Valley Councillor, Cllr Robin Walsh, purhcased and installed the bench, in Osbaldeston, in honour of his brother, Noel Walsh, who was one of the council's longest serving councillors.

Noel sadly died two years ago following a serious illness.

Councillor Ged Mirfin, who represents Whalley and Painter Wood on Ribble Valley Council said: "It is incredibly touching that Cllr Robin Walsh has purchased and installed a bench in honour of his brother Cllr Noel Walsh, the borough's joint longest serving Cllr who died the year before last.

"I'm delighted his life is being celebrated through such a touching tribute."

Noel was an exceptional councillor, completely dedicated to his role representing and supporting the residents of Mellor and the Ribble Valley.

He lived in Mellor for 41 years, had been a member of Mellor Parish Council for more than 25 years and was one of the longest serving borough councillors on Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Cllr Mirfin added: "Osbaleston Parish Council has installed the bench in the parish to honour Noel's life as a councillor and his life in Mellor.

"I am so proud of Osbaldeston, they have only been together as a new Parish Council  for a few months and have moved mountains for residents. Well done everybody."

A spokesperson for Osbaldeston Parish Council said: "New bench fitted in the parish, kindly donated by Cllr Robin Walsh in memory of his brother Noel Walsh (1961-2020).

"Big thank you Robin from all of us here at the council. 

"Cllr Ingham and Cllr Baldwin already putting the bench to good use."