The death of former Slough mayor Don Hewitt has been announced.

Mr Hewitt died on Wednesday, May 27 aged 87.

He was a Slough borough councillor from 1975 to 2003 serving in Farnham and Kedermister wards, as deputy mayor from 1988 to 1989 and mayor from 1989 to 1990.

He had a long career with British Airways after serving in the Royal Air Force and was chairman of Langley Carnival Committee for many years,

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Janet and two sons.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “I have known Don and Janet for more than 20 years since I first came to work and live in Slough.

“Don was always dependable, kind and reliable, and the backbone of his local area.

“I was pleased Don got to enjoy his retirement because he continued to serve on the council after retiring from British Airways and then when he tried to retire from the council was back in a by-election seemingly within months.

“After he finally retired in 2003, whenever I was in his area he was out tending to his garden and I will always remember stopping by for a quick chat.

“My thoughts, and those of the whole council, are with Janet, Ashley and Mark, their family and friends.”

The flag at Observatory House – Slough Borough Council’s headquarters – is flying at half mast.