The life and work of one of Birmingham's leading political figures will be celebrated with music, readings and song in a special memorial service next week.

City councillor Ken Hardeman, who died in July, will be remembered by family, colleagues and friends at a service led by the Dean of Birmingham, Bob Wilkes, on Wednesday September 12 at 11am.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Coun Randal Brew, and council leader Mike Whitby will lead the tributes to Coun Hardeman (Con Brandwood), who died after a short illness.

Deputy council leader Paul Tilsley, Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore and director of planning and regeneration Clive Dutton will speak about their memories of Coun Hardeman, who was first elected to the council in 1966 and became cabinet member for regeneration in 2004.

Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) said: "Ken was such a major figure on the political stage in Birmingham that it is only right and proper that we give thanks for his life and work.

"I know Ken's family have taken great strength from the support they have received from across the city and beyond in the weeks since his death. We now want to reflect on the great work Ken did during his lifetime. I hope as many of those who worked with Ken as possible will be able to join us to celebrate his life."

Anyone wishing to attend should email by this Friday. Tickets are limited and will be returned by post.