Tributes to ‘kind, gentle and humble’ hotelier

David Webb
David Webb
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Tributes have been paid to Fylde hotelier and businessman David Webb, who has died after a short illness, aged 75.

Mr Webb, of West Beach, Lytham, headed a family business which started with his parents acquiring St Annes’ Dalmeny Hotel in the 1940s and grew to 10 establishments.

The family also acquired St Annes Pier and the St Annes Land and Building Company in the 1970s and Mr Webb was heavily involved with many organisations, including the Lytham Schools Foundation, Fylde Coast YMCA, the Rotary Club of Lytham and the Face To Face homeless charity.

Along with wife Carol, he leave three daughters, Sally, Karen and Vanessa, and five grandchildren.Former vicar of Lytham Canon Godfrey Hirst, who worked with Mr Webb on the board of governors of the former King Edward and Queen Mary School, and will conduct his funeral, said: “David had that remarkable ability to identify the salient issues and formulate clear plans to grapple with them. He was a man of integrity and if he believed something was right in essence he would not be diverted from the task until it was accomplished.”

Former Fylde mayor Coun Howard Henshaw, a member and official of the Rotary Club of Lytham alongside Mr Webb, said: “David was a very kind, gentle man and very humble man.” Following a private family funeral, a celebration of Mr Webb’s life will be held at the Clifton Arms, owned by the Webbs, tomorrow from 2pm.

Donations to the Brain Tumour Charity are invited in his memory. Details are available from funeral directors Horsfield and Family on (01253) 781011.