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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Civic funeral

THE civic funeral of a popular former mayor takes place on Wednesday.

Colin Paisley photo
Colin Paisley

Colin Paisley died last month aged 75.

A civic funeral celebrating his life will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Carlisle City Centre at 1pm.

It will be followed by a woodland burial at Carlisle Cemetery in Dalston Road.

Mr Paisley was a former city mayor, serving as Carlisle’s civic figurehead in 1994/95.

He was a Labour councillor for 13 years, representing St Aidan’s ward until 1999.

In his early life Mr Paisley, who was born and bred on the city’s Raffles estate, was addicted to heroin.

He used the drug for 18 years, and devoted much of his adult life to campaigning for more social tolerance of a problem which he believed should be treated as medical rather than criminal.

A seasoned political campaigner, he was seldom out of the headlines as he argued for what he regarded as a common sense approach to the drugs problem.

He began his political life as a communist before moving to Labour and then the Liberal Democrats.

In 1999 he stood for the cross-party Legalise Cannabis Alliance against top Tory Michael Portillo in the Kensington and Chelsea by-election.

He also stood for the pro-cannabis group in the 2001 General Election.

At the time of his death, Mr Paisley was living at the Kingston Court Care Home in Newtown Road. He died at the Cumberland Infirmary.

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