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Tributes for former Burnley Mayor and landlord

The former Mayor of Burnley Ken Butterworth, who has died, with his wife and mayoress, Pauline, after they were installed as civic heads in 1984.
The former Mayor of Burnley Ken Butterworth, who has died, with his wife and mayoress, Pauline, after they were installed as civic heads in 1984.
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Tributes have been paid to a former Mayor of Burnley who has died.

Mr Ken Butterworth died n Great Yarmouth, his home for many years.

A Labour councillor, he was elected as the Mayor of Burnley in 1984 with his late wife, Pauline, as his Mayoress.

Ken worked in industry, including a number of years at the former Lucas, now TRW Ltd engineering company in Eastern Avenue, Burnley.

But he was perhaps better known as landlord at the former Duke of York pub in Duke Bar.

Former Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle served on Burnley Council with Ken and although they represented rival parties, with Gordon as a Liberal Democrat, they were good friends.

Gordon said: “Ken was a true gentleman who worked for what he believed in during a time when politics was a lot friendlier. He was a great man.”

Ken was first elected as a councillor in 1973 and represented the Bank Hall ward. Fellow Labour councillor and former Burnley MP Peter Pike described him as a “good friend.”

As a mark of respect the Union flag is being flown at half mast at Burnley Town Hall and the current Mayor Coun. Howard Baker has sent a letter of condolence to Ken’s son, John and his family.