FORMER Henley mayor Tony Lane, who has died aged 87, paid for a lasting memorial to himself.
This was one of the last wishes of the cobbler, who lived almost all his life in the town. He also asked for his coffin to be paraded around Henley in a horse-drawn carriage before a service at St Mary’s Church and for his ashes to be interred in the churchyard next to singer Dusty Springfield.
Mr Lane was a Conservative member of Henley Town Council between 1965 and 2002 and was mayor for a record four terms between 1971 and 2002.
He was awarded an MBE in 1995 for his contribution to the community. Mr Lane, who lived at the Acacia Lodge care home in Quebec Road, had been feeling unwell and on Thursday last week was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading where he died on Saturday morning.
He leaves his daughter Jenny Jones, of St Mark’s Road, and grandson Christopher, who lives in London.