Ian Gourlay died on Sunday. Picture: Supplied.

Tributes have been paid to “larger-than-life” Fairstead councillor Ian Gourlay, who died at the weekend.

Mr Gourlay, who lived on the Springwood estate, died on Sunday after a long illness.

First elected to West Norfolk Council in 2003, he recently became deputy leader of the Labour Group and sat on the planning committee and regeneration and development panel.

Council leader Brian Long said he would be sorely missed.

“Ian was a hard working councillor with a big heart. He was always a larger-than-life character with strong opinions and a less than conventional approach to getting things done.

“But behind all of that was a total desire to do the best he could to help the people of his ward.

“He was a real advocate for the Fairstead estate and the people he represented.”

John Collop, leader of the Labour Group, added: “I have known Ian since my wife and I moved to King’s Lynn 1987.

“We were both businessmen and we have worked together on various projects long before we became fellow councillors.

“This is a very sad loss for his family, the council and the residents of Fairstead.

“He was a tremendous councillor who worked tirelessly for his ward, and he was also a close personal friend.

“My wife and I will miss him dearly and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Mr Gourlay represented the Fairstead ward throughout his time as a councillor.