Moving tributes have been paid to former North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson, who died on Sunday at the age of 75.

Provost Anthea Dickson, who succeeded him in the role last year, said: “I’m saddened to hear the news of Ian’s passing.

“Although we represent different parties, we both shared the same ambition to serve the people of North Ayrshire to the best of our abilities.

“I know he felt deeply privileged to serve not only as a councillor, but as Depute Provost and then Provost – he regarded it is an honour and was proud to represent the people of North Ayrshire.

“During his many years as a councillor, he was a positive advocate for many interests, such as his passion for Marymass and promoting support for retired Armed Forces personnel through his role as Veterans’ Champion.

“On behalf of all at North Ayrshire Council, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Ian’s family and loved ones.”

Ian's Labour colleague, Councillor Louise McPhater, said: "I have known Ian all my working life.

"We first met when Ian came into the Vineburgh Centre to hear what was going on, what we were doing and ultimately what help could he give.

"Ian not only helped the Vineburgh area he was so passionate about the people and the place.

"It is with great sadness that I have lost not only a colleague but a great friend.

"Ian was the man who said 'you can do this, c'mon lassie, you do know it'.

"He supported many in our area and was always on hand to give any help or advice requested.

"I’m deeply saddened by hearing this today and wish Ian’s family all the comfort in these sad times."

Ian was first elected in 1995 to the Kilwinning West ward, which he served for two terms before moving the newly-formed Irvine Townhead in 2003.

Following local government changes, he was then elected as one of the representatives for multi-member ward of Irvine West in 2007, a seat which he held until he stood down as a councillor in May 2022.

He served as Depute Provost from 2007 to 2012, and was then elected as Provost in August 2016, leaving the role following his retiral from politics last year.