A man regarded by his colleagues as the consummate magistrate has retired after a quarter-of-a-century on the bench.
Ian Paterson, President of the Fylde Coast YMCA, had tributes paid to him in a packed courtroom at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Paterson (pictured) was a native of Chester but moved to Lytham in his early teens.
He attended King Edward School and went on to work for Guardian Royal Exchange for 26 years.
He worked as a chartered insurer before becoming personnel manager. He retired at the age of 51 and set up a management consultancy working with 184 companies in 33 countries.
He was appointed a magistrate in 1989 and sat at first on the Lytham bench.
Blackpool Magistrates’ Court bench chairman, Frank Shipway, said: “He is a much valued and highly experience colleague whether acting as a winger or taking the chair.
He demonstrates mature judgement, sound temperament, commitment and reliability. He is the consummate magistrate who will be sorely missed.”
Mr Paterson has had a lifelong involvement with the YMCA. He has been part of the organisation for 58 years, progressing from youth leader to president. He is held in such high regard that the Paterson Centre, St Albans Road, St Annes, is named after him.
Mr Paterson, who is known for his good sense of humour, thanked everyone for the tributes, and advised: “Keep the humour going.”