Long-standing councillor calls time

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A TOWN councillor has retired after more than 30 years’ service to his community.

David Jones received a vase from the current members of Rothwell Town Council to thank him at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Mr Jones, a former Labour councillor, first served for a four-year period before returning to the council and serving for 29 years.

He announced his retirement in March because of ill health.

Council chairman Karl Sumpter paid tribute to Mr Jones.

He described how in recent years he had led successful campaigns to stop the building of a lorry park and for the creation of a new bus stop next to the medical centre.

He said: “He will certainly be missed, David has been a great asset to the council and it will be hard to replace him.”