Bucks six new honorary aldermen, who between them have more than 100 years of service to the county, have been officially welcomed to their new roles.
The aldermen took their seats at the 125th anniversary meeting of Bucks County Council yesterday.
Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher welcomed each individually with a framed certificate and an aldermanic badge.
Chairman Zahir Mohammed then read citations detailing their service to the county.
He said: “It’s a real honour to welcome as aldermen former members who have served and still serve our community tirelessly.”
The longest serving of the new aldermen is member for the Aylesbury Southcourt division between 1968 and 1977 and later Aylesbury West between 1981 and 2013, Freda Roberts MBE, with 41 years.
She is joined by former County Council chairmen Marion Clayton (14 years), who served as a member for the Wendover division between 1999 and 2005 and and member for the Wendover and Halton division between 2005 and 2013.
Other members include David Polhill, who served for eight years as member for Buckingham North (2005-2013).
The list is completed by fellow long serving members Richard Pushman (14 years), Bruce Allen (16 years) and Mike Colston (12 years),
The aldermen will each serve for two council terms as county council ambassadors, supporting the chairman and vice-chairman in civic duties.