Tributes have been paid to a ‘committed’ and ‘passionate’ former Torridge District Councillor who has passed away.

Alasdair Barclay was twice elected as ward member for Westward Ho!, serving between 1995 and 1999 and from 2000 to 2003.

He was an active member, serving on a number of committees including planning, environmental and leisure services and development and trading standards.

Torridge District Council (TDC) leader Jane Whittaker led tributes to Alasdair.

She said: "He was such a lovely man, and so passionate about Northam Burrows and the whole local area which he served in many ways for many, many years.

"He was another of those guiding lights for me, always there to offer help and guidance whenever it was sought. I will miss him in a number of ways but especially as a friend. My condolences to his family"

TDC chairman, Councillor John Himan, said: "Alasdair will be greatly missed. He was an Alderman at Northam Town Council and had served as mayor. As a past warden he had a vast knowledge and was passionate about Northam Burrows. My thoughts go to all his family."

Councillor Phillip Pennington said Alasdair 'was a real gentlean who served his community in so many ways', while Peter Christie paid tribute to the man who 'exuded Scottish bonhomie and was a mine of information on Northam Burrows'.

His passion for the burrows was also mentioned by ward member for Torrington, Councillor Margaret Brown, who said: "Alasdair was a warden for Northam Burrows and campaigned vigorously against a possible environmental disaster happening there.

"I remember him well when he served on committees on Torridge District Council; it was always a pleasure to be in his company at civic occasions when he very proudly wore the kilt."

TDC's head of paid services, Jenny Wallace, said: "Alasdair was a pleasure to work with. As a Councillor and as a resident, he was committed to getting what was best for the people of Westward Ho! and right to the end he was actively campaigning to protect our natural environment."

Kenwith ward member Alison Boyle said: "Councillor Barclay always exuded warmth when he spoke and commitment to achieving the best for the community he was representing.

"There are many who will have fond memories of him and utmost sympathy for his family."