Tributes flood in for Blackpool stalwart

Blackpool Councillor 'Coun Norman Hardy
Blackpool Councillor 'Coun Norman Hardy
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Former Blackpool Mayor Coun Norman Hardy has died.

Coun Hardy, who died on Tuesday, represented Hawes Side ward and was also chairman of Blackpool Council’s licensing committee for 20 years.

He was the town’s Mayor from 2009 to 2010 after being first elected to the council in 1991.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “He served Blackpool Council first as an officer, then as a member for 60 years. His devotion to his duties was matched only by his devotion to his wife, Barbara, and his children. “He had been unwell for some time, but fought through the pain to serve as Mayor of Blackpool, and as chairman of the licensing committee.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said: “People across Blackpool will be immensely sad to hear of Norman’s death.

“He was devoted, professional and meticulous in everything he did.”

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