A fondly remembered mayor who once hosted the Commonwealth Games Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Centre in Slough has died.

Joan Jones, 87, was a Slough borough councillor from 1973 to 1979 serving Wexham Court ward. She returned to the council in 1999, serving Kedermister ward until 2002. She was deputy mayor from 2000 to 2001 and mayor from 2001 to 2002.

Hosting the Commonwealth Games Rhythmic Gymnastics at The Centre was a highlight - she met all the team coaches in the mayor's parlour afterwards where she regaled them with tales of all her travels to their countries.

Mrs Jones died last Friday and a funeral date will be announced later.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “I have known Joan for more than 20 years, she was a stalwart of the town and our thoughts are with her family. She was dedicated to public service and to Slough and served as Mayor with the hospitality and enthusiasm she was known for.

“Joan was widowed quite young but despite this grasped life with both hands, travelling all over the world, never losing her sense of adventure and making the most of every opportunity that came her way.

“Slough has lost one of its greatest cheerleaders; someone whose sense of duty has been an example to us all. She will be missed.”

The flag at St Martins Place is flying as half mast as a sign of respect.