A former district councillor, who served the community for more than 30 years, has been made an Honorary Alderman.
Pauline Hayward was bestowed with the title at an Extraordinary meeting of Wyre Forest District Council on Thursday 10 September 2015.
Mrs Hayward served as a member of Wyre Forest District Council for 33 years before retiring in May this year. She represented the Blakedown ward from 1982 to 2004 and then the Blakedown and Chaddesley Ward from 2004 to 2015. At the time of her retirement, Councillor Hayward’s 33 years as a member of the authority represented the second longest continuous service. She was Chairman of the Council in 2003/04 and held a number of other important roles within the Council.
The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Chris Rogers, presented her with a Badge of Office and a scroll. Among the privileges she is now entitled to are to receive invitations to all civic events to which Members of the Council are invited and to walk in civic processions in a position immediately senior to serving Members.
Alderman Hayward said:
“I feel very honoured to receive this title and that my family are here to enjoy this happy occasion. I have always enjoyed being part of Wyre Forest District Council and serving the community alongside my colleagues.”
Councillor Chris Rogers, Chairman of the Council, said:
“It was a great pleasure for me to perform the ceremony and to bestow the title of Honorary Alderman on Pauline Hayward, in recognition of her tireless service to the Wyre Forest district and Blakedown and Chaddesley Ward. She is highly respected and admired by Councillors from all political parties and this honour is thoroughly deserved”.
Mrs Hayward still remains involved in local government, as a member of Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council.
The meeting was webcast and can be viewed on the Council’s website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/webcast. (Pictured left: Cllr Chris Rogers and Alderman Hayward).