A former Buckinghamshire county councillor has been made an honorary Alderman.
East Claydon resident David Polhill was awarded a framed certificate and an aldermanic badge by Lord Lieutenant of Bucks, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, along with five other new honorary Aldermen.
The county’s six new honorary Aldermen, who between them have more than 100 years of service to the county, took their seats at the 125th anniversary meeting of the county council on Thursday last week.
County council chairman Zahir Mohammed read citations detailing their service to the county.
Mr Mohammed said: “It’s a real honour to welcome as Aldermen former members who have served and still serve our community tirelessly.”
Mr Polhill was member for Buckingham North and chairman of the county council’s development control committee from 2005 to 2013.
He was vice-chairman of the county council in 2009/2010 and chairman in 2010/2011.
He told the Advertiser: “I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s very nice to be acknowledged by your colleagues and I’m also thrilled that I’m with such a bunch of good ones this time.
“They will ask us to do certain ambassadorial things from time to time because there’s a limit to the number of places the chairman and vice-chairman can be at one time.”
Mr Polhill has already performed his first aldermanic duty, representing the chairman at Herts County Council’s chairmans garden party on July 12.
The longest serving of the new Aldermen is Freda Roberts MBE, with 41 years’ service. The others are Bruce Allen (16 years), Marion Clayton (14 years), Mike Colston (12 years) and Richard Pushman (14 years).
They will each serve for two council terms as county council ambassadors, supporting the chairman and vice-chairman in civic duties.