People and groups across the community have paid tribute following the death of a county councillor. 

Arthur Lamb served on Cumbria County Council for the Cleator Moor East and Frizington division as a Conservative. 

In his political career he was known for campaigning against the downgrading of the Fire Station at Frizington, making improvements to the road network and campaigning against controversial planning applications. 

Elected mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie was among those who posted heartfelt tributes on social media.

He said: "I am both shocked and saddened to hear the news that Arthur Lamb has passed away. Arthur was a first class County Councillor and a very good person who was both popular and respected on all sides of the political spectrum and by all that knew him.

"My condolences to all of Arthur’s family and many friends for their devastating loss RIP Arthur."

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison said: "At a time of such sadness it’s impossible to write a sufficiently heartfelt message to convey my devastation about Arthur’s untimely passing.

"There’s nobody quite like Arthur, he was unique in the most wonderful way. Arthur’s kindness and generosity, dedication, humour and willingness to get involved has been appreciated by so many in our community.

"As we come to terms with such an unbearable loss to our Copeland Association I will take comfort from my abundance of happy memories of Arthur’s intellect and desire to help others, his relentless campaigning spirit, his witty comments and observations and his fruitless attempts to explan cricket rules to me.

"My deepest condolences and thoughts are with his mum and dad, Barbara and Christopher.

"I shall treasure forever our times together and know I’ll be joined by everyone that has had the pleasure of knowing Arthur Lamb."

Whitehaven Cricket Club also paid tribute, saying: "Arthur Lamb who is a cornerstone of our Club, Cumbrian Cricket and his local community passed away in his sleep on Friday night.

"All our thoughts are with Arthur’s parents, his friends in and out of our club and everyone else who Arthur has helped.

"He has had a huge impact on so many people, in so many ways and developed a generation of young people at our club. It’s a huge loss for us, and It’s not really sinking in.

"On Friday evening Arthur was doing what he did best, helping others, and coaching our Junior teams with his normal patience, perseverance and fun. Love to all."