TRIBUTES have been paid to former councillor, mayor and magistrate who ‘worked hard and got results’ for his constituents.

Ken Ball, of Chapel Lane, Coppull, died aged 73 on Friday, December 16 after battling prostate cancer.

Mr Ball, represented the people of Coppull on the borough council from 1984 until 2014 and was leader of the Liberal Democrat group for much of that period.

His wife of 51 years, Nora, also a former council and had a passion for improving the village and was ‘a straight talker who got things done’.

She said: “Ken was dedicated to his works as a councillor and was passionate about Coppull.

“He was particularly proud to be Mayor of Chorley in 2010/11 and the opportunity to meet many of the fantastic groups who do so much hard work.

“It was particularly pleasing for him to meet volunteers during that time and told me the how much he valued their contribution to the community.

“I’ve had so many wonderful messages, cards and flowers over the past few days which have been of great comfort and show how much he was respected.”

Mr Ball, who owned a motor repair garage on Clarence Street during his working career, also leaves a son and daughter, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

County councillor Steve Holgate, a Labour member and friends of Mr Ball said: “Ken was dedicated to his work as a representative, to me he was ‘Mr Coppull’.

“He was very forthright and a man of integrity and will be missed by the community of Coppull and the wider borough”

His funeral will be held at St Gregory’s church at noon on Friday, December 30 followed by burial in the church yard and a celebration of his life at Coppull British Legion Club.