TRIBUTES were today paid to a “highly regarded” former Mayor and Honorary Alderman who has died.
Alderman George Caldwell, a long-serving former councillor for Fairhaven on Fylde Council, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Saturday, aged 92.
A bachelor and a keen Mason, originally from Hindley in Wigan, he worked an apprentice at an electrical and plumbing firm in St Annes from the age of 14, before becoming an academic with associations with Loughborough University and also represented Fylde Council on the Court of Lancaster University.
He became an honorary Alderman – an honour bestowed on councillors who have served the borough for more than 20 years – two years ago, before he stepped down from the council.
The council’s chief executive, Allan Oldfield, said: “Alderman Caldwell was one of Fylde Council’s highly regarded elder statesmen and all at the town hall have been saddened by this bad news.
“He was a real gentleman. He tipped his hat to those who knew him and showed great interest and erudition in all matters relating to Fylde. Alderman Caldwell will be fondly remembered by the staff at the Town Hall and by the elected members who were in situ when he was still active on Fylde.”
Alderman Caldwell, Mayor of Fylde in 1995, lived on Inner Promenade in Fairhaven.
He moved to Westholme Rest Home, in St Annes,when his health began to decline.