Tributes have been paid to former Mayor of Wakefield Graham Clarke who has died at the age of 81.
Mr Clarke, who represented Knottingley as a district councillor for 25 years, was elected as mayor in 1990.
He died on Wednesday, April 29.
Mr Clarke’s son John, 55, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “He was a fantastic dad. We had some really good times together and when I was a bit older we shared a lot of drinks together.”
Mr Clarke worked as a railway driver and a school liaison officer for British Rail before he became a councillor.
He served on Knottingley Urban District Council for five years before the reorganisation of councils in 1974.
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: “Graham was a loyal and long-serving councillor who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
“He was a larger-than-life character whose good humour in the council chamber will be long remembered.
“His commitment to public service, not only for Knottingley, but for the whole of West Yorkshire, was a credit to him and will leave a lasting memory.
“Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time.”