RICHMONDSHIRE District Councillors has bestowed the title of Honorary Alderman on three of their former colleagues.
The prestigious title was conferred on Raymond Alderson, James (Jim) Fryer and Michael Heseltine at a special meeting this week (Wednesday) - for their combined 63 years of service to Richmondshire District Council.
The title is bestowed to recognise councillors who make an outstanding contribution to Richmondshire and their community during their term of office.
Raymond Alderson served the council for 23 years from 1988 until 2011, representing the Grinton and Upper Swaledale ward, which was later renamed to Swaledale.
He was chairman of the council three times and served on Resources, Audit and Governance and Licensing committees.
Jim Fryer was elected to the Council in 1991 representing the Scorton ward, later remamed Brompton-on-Swale and Scorton. During his 20 years he served on Environment, Environment and Planning, Planning and Appeals committees and was part of the Local Development Framework working group.
And Michael Heseltine also gave 20 years service from 1991 until 2011 for the Swaleside ward, later renamed Brompton-on-Swale and Scorton.
He was chairman of the council twice and served on various committees.
The former members were presented with framed testimonials by the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Jill McMullon.
Their names will be added to the list of Honorary Aldermen in the Council Chamber in Swale House, Richmond.