HUNDREDS of mourners paid their respects to Cllr Bill Camm who died in April after a stroke.
Cllr Camm, who was an independent who represented Sawley, was praised by political parties across the board for his dedication to residents and the community.
Family friend, John Heard, said: “It was as close to a state funeral that I think this town will ever have seen.
“Bill was a great man, so well respected and liked and was involved in so much.
“The list of representatives who were at the funeral is endless.
“It was a fitting tribute.”