A procession of Harley Davidson motorbikes and fire engines could be seen in the St James area of Northampton for the funeral of Terry Wire, a former mayor of the town.
Hundreds of people attended a service at the church in St James on Thursday and heard tributes from Councillor Wire’s political friends, family and former colleagues in the fire service.
A tribute from Councillor Les Marriott, Councillor Wire’s close friend and a fellow member of the Labour party, read out by Church deacon Mick O’Leary, said he would be “greatly missed.”
Councillor Marriott said: “He wanted to improve things for the better and always wanted to make Northampton a better place.
“He was deeply proud to hold public office and his contribution to the council was considerable.”
Councillor John McGhee, the leader of the Labour Group for Northamptonshire County Council, said Councillor Wire was a “fighter” both in his job and political career.
He said; “I think we’ve lost a community champion. Not just for St James and Northampton but for the whole of Northamptonshire.
“I think people will remember Terry for a long time.”
Tributes to Councillor Wire were also read by former colleagues in the fire service, where he worked for 30 years, including representatives from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), in which Councillor Wire was heavily involved.
The funeral service was followed by a private ceremony at the Counties Crematorium in Milton Malsor.