THE funeral of former Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth will take place at Redditch Crematorium on Thursday, February 18 at 11am.

Mr Hollingworth, who died on Sunday, January 31 aged 71, led Bromsgrove District Council for nine years until 2014 when he stood down to spend time with family.

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Hollingworth, including current leader of Bromsgrove District Council Margaret Sherrey, who said "he will be sadly missed."

Mr Hollingworth's family have requested that any donations be made to Diabetes UK or Acorns Children's Hospice by calling Thomas Brothers funeral directors on 01527 547777.