Very sadly, it has been announced that the well-respected former Fylde Council Leader and Mayor John Tavernor has died after testing positive for coronavirus.
John Tavernor was a hard-working councillor in Ansdell Ward for more than 30 years; being first elected in 1971. He retired from front line politics in 2003.
He was the Mayor of Fylde from 1988 to 1989, as well as deputy mayor from 1980 to 1981 and 1990 to 1991. He was also leader of Fylde Borough Council for twelve years from 1982 until 1994.
Alderman Tavernor’s daughter-in-law Jackie has confirmed that coronavirus had been given as the prime cause of John’s death.
For many years, John Tavernor ran the family business, founded over seventy years ago by his father, on the corner of Clifton Street and Bannister Street in Lytham. The long-established shop is now run by his son, also called John, alongside his wife Jackie.
Councillor Tavernor became an Honorary Alderman in June 2003; a prestigious title which recognises long-serving councillors who made an outstanding contribution to the borough and their community during their time in office. Alderman Tavernor was also a long-serving Rotarian who also played a key role in various local organisations, including the Lytham Heritage Group, alongside founder Alan Ashton, who died, aged 90, last year.
Lytham St Anne’s News sends sincere condolences to Alderman Tavernor’s family at this most sad time.