It was with sadness that I attended another gathering on Thursday.  This was at St Cuthbert’s church in Lytham to attend the funeral of Councillor Bill Thompson.  Bill had been a councillor at Fylde for 39 years and he also served on Lancashire county Council.  For many years Bill had been chairman on Planning and deputy leader of the Conservative Group.

When I was first elected in 1999. Bill was very supportive and showed me many of the ropes.  Bill was a force for common sense and old style values.  He will be missed on the council.  My thoughts are with Joan his wife and the rest of his family.

Bill, a physicist by profession, studied under the great Alan Turing at Manchester University.  Alan Turing broke the Enigma Code and developed the worlds first computer.  With a teacher like that, no wonder Bill became such a highly regarded gentleman.