Tributes to Preston alderman and former councillor William (Bill) Borrow

Coun Bill Borrow
Coun Bill Borrow
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A city alderman and former councillor has died aged 83.

William (Bill) Borrow, pictured right, represented the Liberal Democrats in Cadley ward for eight years and was made an Alderman of Preston in 2002 on his retirement.

Current Cadley Liberal Democrat councillor John Bruton paid tribute to a “true gentleman” who never stopped campaigning despite officially retiring.

He said: “I knew Bill and he was still involved and he used to help in campaigns. What I want people to remember is that he was a kind, lovely, nice man..

“I have known him all the time I have been in Cadley and he will be sadly missed.

“He’s done a lot for the area and he still helped out until very recently.”

Preston City Council confirmed the Alderman, who lived in Fulwood Hall Lane, would have a civic funeral at 2.30pm in Preston Minster on Thursday, April 3.

Council leader Coun Peter Rankin today paid tribute to Mr Borrow.

He said: “I’m very sorry to hear that Bill has sadly passed away. Bill was widely respected by everyone who met him and he had the respect of the whole Council Chamber.

“Bill transcended politics. When he spoke you listened and he always talked sense. He was the perfect gentlemen and was a jolly fellow with a big personality.

“Bill was also passionate about the Arts and he served Preston with dignity and grace.

“A civic funeral is a fitting tribute to a fine man who served his city with pride. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this time.”

Mr Borrow was also president of Preston Opera and club secretary Barabara Walsh said: “He was the kindest person you could ever wish to meet and his passing will leave a gaping hole at Preston Opera rehearsals.”