Sadness at death of alderman James McClure

James McClure has died at the age of 88
James McClure has died at the age of 88

Tributes have been paid to the former mayor of Coleraine, alderman James McClure, who died on Sunday.

Speaking on behalf of the DUP on Coleraine Borough Council, current mayor, councillor George Duddy said: “It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing on Sunday evening of my colleague Alderman James McClure, he was an irreplaceable force for good and the DUP for many many years in this area and he will be sorely missed.

“On behalf of everyone involved with the DUP I extend deepest sympathies to his family and extended family circle who are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.”

Alderman McClure has been a Coleraine councillor since 1977 and was mayor of Coleraine three times and deputy mayor eleven times.

James was a founder member of the DUP and party president for many years

He also had the distinction of serving on both Ballymoney and Coleraine Councils at the same time.

Former Council colleague, Maurice Bradley said: “There are so any attributes I could cite - but the greatest would be to say as a councillor we will never see his like again- nor witness such dedication on behalf of the electorate as we saw from James McClure.

“I would join with the Mayor in sending deepest sympathies to the entire McClure family and family circle.”