Following the death of Mr Alan Lewis MBE, Rosie Cooper MP paid tribute:
“I first want to express my heartfelt condolences to Alan’s family and friends my thoughts and prayers are with them.
“Alan was an active community volunteer for many years supporting everyone young and old. I worked closely with him through his involvement with Action For Youth and as Chair of Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association and we met at numerous events over the years including the Anti Social Behaviour Conference, Armed Forces Day and he attended a roundtable event I hosted with then Home Secretary Alan Johnson.
“Only last year I was invited along to the launch event of ‘Football 4 Forces’, an initiative Alan, a veteran himself, worked hard on alongside partners including Wigan Athletic to provide social and walking football opportunities to ex servicemen and women. This was just another example of Alan working hard to support the people of Skelmersdale and West Lancashire.
“Indeed his work has been recognised over the years, having been awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the Community Foundation for Lancashire and he received an MBE in 2015 for Services to the Community and Young People.
“He will be sorely missed, particularly by his family and friends but across the town and borough for all his hard work and dedication.
“My thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends at this time.”