TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a former Mayor of Warrington whose death was described as a ‘great loss to the community’. 

George Warburton, who represented the Penketh and Cuerdley ward from 2001 to 2008, died on January 25. 

Steven Broomhead, Warrington Borough Council chief executive, has paid tribute to George who ‘was a really likeable character who always reminded you of the importance of trade unions in relation to excellent workforce practices’. 

Mr Broomhead added: “He was the listening Mayor, who also held very forthright political views. 

“My favourite moment was in 2003 when Gareth Dunning, from Warrington Guardian, and I were engaged in a shadowing exercise, when we arrived at George’s house for a press interview. 

“George came to the door in his underwear and gave the interview while managing with a towel to quickly cover up. 

“He said: ‘Sorry, I forgot to wear the chains this morning’. A real character who will be fondly remembered.”

Linda Dirir (Penketh and Cuerdley - LAB) worked alongside George during his time on Penketh Parish Council, the borough council and the Agenda 21 campaign.

They worked closely together to oppose plans to prevent Arpley Landfill Site from doubling in size in the mid 1990s as well as fighting to protect any developments in the green belt areas.

“He was a good campaigner and he will be sorely missed. He is a great loss to the community where he served,” added Cllr Dirir.

Derek Baker‎, chairman of Penketh Parish Council, added: “I had the pleasure of serving with him on Penketh Parish Council – such a lovely man. His wisdom and experience was greatly appreciated.”
George held the position of Mayor of Warrington during 2002 to 2003,

He was best known as chairman of Personnel Sub Committee and the Joint Consultative Committee but he also served on a number of other committees including Development Control, Overview and Scrutiny, Standards and Licensing.

He was also an active member of many outside organisations such as Warrington Community Transport, Warrington Disability Forum, Warrington CAB and the Cavaille Coll Organ Supporters Group.

George’s funeral will take place at St Joseph’s Church Meeting Lane in Penketh at 10am on February 14 before moving to Walton Crematorium at 11.40am. 

Family flowers only but donations can be made to St Rocco’s Hospice or to help fund research into multiple sclerosis.