League President George Courtney today paid tribute to Peter Willis who has died in hospital following a long illness.
George said:  “It’s such sad news that Peter has passed away.
“He was a stalwart of the league and one of the best referees in the country – respected by all those who played and worked alongside him.  He was President of the Referees’ Association for 18 years and gave invaluable help and advice to referees at all levels of the game throughout his career.
“I have known Peter for more than 60 years – we came up through the leagues together and he will be a huge miss to the football community in the region and nationally.
“He was one of the best people you could hope to meet.
“On behalf of the league I would like to pass on our condolences to his family and friends.”