The family of a popular councillor who passed away last month have thanked the community for their “love and support”.

Cllr Lynn Clare MBE, who represented Ellesmere Port Town for the Labour Party, died on Friday, February 9, aged 70.

As well as serving as Mayor of Ellesmere Port in 2015/16, Cllr Clare was on a number of committees and was awarded an MBE in 2004 after establishing the charity Parents Against Drug Abuse (PADA).

Cllr Clare had four sons - Jason, Paul, Andrew and Ronnie - and a daughter called Dani. All have been overwhelmed by the warm tributes which have flooded in since their mother’s passing.

Dani said: “Naturally, my brothers and I are devastated by the passing of our beautiful mother. We feel like part of us also died that day. However, we are receiving tremendous support from the people of Ellesmere Port.

“These letters and messages from residents are showing us just how loved and respected our mother was, and is showing us that part of her will always live on in us.

“We would like to thank everyone at this time for their love and support.”

Cllr Clare’s younger brother, Dominic Corker, said his sister always “kept an eye out for the less fortunate”.

He added: “This is what led her into civil service, dealing with her community and helping those in need where she could, ensuring everyone had a fair deal.”

Cllr Clare was born and brought up in the Wolverham area of Ellesmere Port. She became an Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough councillor in 2006, and was elected to CWaC in 2008.

Cllr Clare’s funeral will be held at Blacon Crematorium on Friday, March 9 at 11.20am. The family say that anyone wishing to say a ‘final farewell’ is welcome. The funeral will be followed by a wake at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall from noon to 2.30pm. Mourners will then be invited to raise a toast to Cllr Clare at the Sir Robert pub in Great Sutton from 3pm.