KEIGHLEY's voluntary sector was in shock this week following the sudden death of one of its most stalwart workers.

Gary Pedley, who died on Monday night, was the long-time chief officer of Keighley Volunteer Centre as well as a former deputy mayor of Keighley.

Diane Dale, from the Volunteer Centre, today announced Gary's death "with greatest sadness".

She said: "Gary's work in the voluntary sector has touched the lives of some people and he will be sadly missed.

"We will provide an opportunity for tributes to be made so we can share our fond memories. At this time, however, may our thoughts be with his immediate family, who have always been his heart and soul."

Until recently Gary was a member of Keighley Town Council, where he served as deputy town mayor in 2015/16.

With the Volunteer Centre, Gary spearheaded many projects to support people in need including the elderly and disabled.

He began his involvement in Keighley's voluntary and community sector around 20 years ago as project coordinator for the Grassroots gardening service.

He was also chairman of Keighley Community Transport, and in recent months oversaw the merger of Keighley Voluntary Service with Keighley Disabled People's Centre.

The Volunteer Centre's office and shops will be closed for the rest of this week.