Tributes have been paid to a former Mayor of Bury and a Liberal Democrat councillor.

Wilf Davison represented the Holyrood Ward from 1996 to 2011 and was the Mayor of Bury from 2003 to 2004 with his wife Maureen as his mayoress.

The Bury flag at the town hall was lowered yesterday as a mark of respect following the news of his death.

Mr Davison was the first Liberal Democrat Mayor for Bury.

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Originally a Liverpool native, he worked around the country as an economics lecturer before settling in Prestwich in 1978.

He and his wife lived on Branksome Drive in Prestwich and have four daughters Kerry, Louise, Fiona and Emma and one son Michael.

He was a keen amateur sportsman and used to be the chairman of Prestwich Heys.

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During his time at Bury Council, Cllr Davison was Chairman of the Economy, Environment and Transport Scrutiny Commission,  a role which he was very passionate about.

He also served as a member of the Planning Control Committee, Prestwich Area Board and as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.

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Mayor of Bury, Cllr Khalid Hussain paid tribute  saying: “It is with deep sorrow that we extend our heartfelt condolences upon hearing the passing of Wilf Davison.

“Wilf’s dedicated public service has left an indelible mark on our borough, and his legacy will be cherished by all who had the honour of knowing him.

“Wilf’s leadership and unwavering commitment to our Borough was truly inspiring.

“His spirit of kindness and dedication will continue to inspire us for years to come.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Wilf’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

“May they find comfort in the wonderful memories they shared and in the knowledge that Wilf made a lasting impact on the lives of so many.”