Tributes paid to alderman

Alderman Eric Bamber
Alderman Eric Bamber
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Tributes have been paid to a Fylde alderman, former prisoner of war, lay reader and Rotarian.

Ald Eric Bamber died on May 15 after a short illness.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “I was very sad to hear of the death of Eric Bamber.

“The title of community stalwart could have been invented for someone like Eric, who survived the hardships of being a prisoner of war in Singapore during the Second World War, and went on to reach the highest echelons of civic society.

“He served Fylde as mayor, and represented both the borough and the county as a councillor before being conferred with the title of Alderman.”

Ald Bamber even had a street named after him in St Annes last year.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, deputy leader of Fylde Council, 
added: “He was a wonderful man and a committed member of St Cuthbert’s Church which he brought into every aspect of his life.

“People loved him and we were always glad to see him.”

His funeral will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham on May 29.