A politician who loved to make people smile was fondly remembered as family and friends gathered for the funeral of former Blackpool mayor Edmund Wynne.
Mr Wynne died on April 17, aged 96, less than a year after the death of his wife Nancy.
The Liberal Democrat member’s service on the council spanned six decades, and he was mayor in 1972.
Dignitaries including current Blackpool Mayor Coun Sylvia Taylor and Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn were among the mourners at St Peter’s Church, Lytham Road, South Shore, yesterday.
Mr Wynne’s son Robert, also a former councillor, recalled how his father had loved Blackpool, running several businesses and first being elected to the council in 1953.
He said: “At the same time he had those businesses, he was on the council first as a Liberal Democrat, and then as an independent.
“In those days, politics was much more friendly and at election time everyone would have their political colours on display in their windows.
“We would go out canvassing, and come back with a whole list of people we had spoken to – but father would come back after only speaking to one person, but he would have made a friend for life.
“He always wanted to make people smile.”
Other family members also paid tribute, including Edmund Wynne’s granddaughter Anna, who told the congregation: “He liked cheering up everyone he saw just by smiling.”
Coun Blackburn said: “I was struck, 10 years ago when I was first elected, by his presence.
“Even in old age he was able to articulate some very passionate views.”