A STATEMENT from the Woodley Town Council has announced that former councillor John McNaught, passed away earlier this month.

It was reported that the former councillor passed away earlier this week.

A spokesman for the Woodley Town Council said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Councillor John MacNaught passed away last week.

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"John was first elected to Woodley Town Council in 2015, when he first stood for election in South Lake South Ward.

"He followed this up in 2019, when he was elected to the Town Council in his home area of Coronation East Ward.

"John was on several committees, including the Town Council’s Planning & Community Committee.

"He also was an active member of Readibus and the Woodley Volunteer Centre on behalf of the Town Council."

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Town Council leader Cllr Keith Baker said: “Woodley residents have lost a very special person in John.

"Someone who was passionate in everything he did but always shaped by the compassionate and caring attitude that was deeply embedded in his character.

"Speaking personally, I have lost a very special friend who was always there when you needed help. A perfect gentleman in every way.

"May he rest in peace and our thoughts are with his family, especially his son and daughter."