Tributes have been paid to former Mayor of Wandsworth Margaret Calcott-James who spent years campaigning and standing up for the people of Putney.

She died, aged 94, on Thursday, March 30, after suffering a long-term illness.

Margaret represented East Putney ward until 1998, stepping down from the council after 20 years of service.

One of the first former councillors to be appointed an Honorary Alderman, Mrs Calcott-James was also the mayor of the borough in 1982.

She also served as an elected member of the Inner London Education Authority between 1986 and 1990 and was chairman of local amenity group The Putney Society.

Margaret graduated from Bristol University, where she met and married husband Colin. They lived for many years in Gwendolen Avenue, Putney, and, pair remained happily married until Colin’s death last year.

In her later years, Margaret’s dementia progressed and she retired to a nursing home.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council said: “Margaret’s passing is very sad news to all those who knew her and admired and respected her.

“She was a formidable and tireless fighter on behalf of Putney, not only as a local councillor but also in her role as chairman of the Putney Society. She was one of its strongest advocates and never failed to stand up for its residents and businesses.

“She was a very popular, hard working and dedicated public servant who devoted her life to helping others. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be remembered for her long and dedicated service to Putney and its residents.”

She leaves behind two daughters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.