Moving tributes have been paid to a former Troon councillor who has died at the age of 76.

Peter Convery served the town as a Conservative councillor for more than 20 years before stepping down ahead of last year's local government elections.

Ayr MP Siobhian Brown, who served as an SNP councillor for the Ayr West ward from 2017 until 2022, said: "It was extremely sad news to hear of Peter's passing and my condolences to his family.

“When I was first elected in 2017, Peter went out of his way to make me feel welcome - despite our political differences.

“He was a man who was able to put politics aside and work for the good of the community.

“Peter was deeply passionate about serving the people of Troon and I know many will share my sadness.

"I send my heartfelt condolences to Peter’s family and friends.”

Iain Campbell, Provost of South Ayrshire, added: “I was very sad to hear about the passing of Peter Convery. He was a councillor for over 20 years and did so much for communities in and around Troon.

"He chaired many panels in his time as a councillor, including the regulatory planning and licensing panel.

"He had a great eye for detail and went out of his way to learn as much as he could about local and national issues.

"He had a mischievous side and was always ready with a joke to lift your mood.

"He will be sorely missed, not only by me but by other councillors and officers.”