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Honorary Aldermen title for two former Councillors

17 July 2014

Two former Allerdale Borough Councillors have been honoured for their commitment to the community.

Jim Musgrave and Maureen Rourke were given the title of Honorary Aldermen in a ceremony in Workington last night [Wednesday 16 July 2014].

In nominating Mr Musgrave and Mrs Rourke for the honour, Councillor Alan Smith, said: “One of the most enjoyable parts of my role as Leader of Allerdale Borough Council is when I am asked to recognise the hard work and dedication of those people who have made a difference in our communities. Today is one of those occasions.

“Jim Musgrave was a founder member of Allerdale Borough Council and is, to date, its longest serving member. He was also the only councillor to serve continuously on the authority since its inception in 1974. He was Council Leader twice, for nine years in total, and was also a key figure in the regeneration of not just Allerdale, but West Cumbria as a whole. The dramatic regeneration of Workington Town Centre is just one of the projects which came to fruition during Jim’s time in office.

“Maureen Rourke spent 20 years serving the people of Allerdale as a borough councillor. She was Deputy Mayor and Mayor and was a strong portfolio holder in the Executive, with responsibility for the environment, housing and environmental health. It was in the area of housing that Maureen made a big difference to our communities. She was a member of the first Derwent and Solway board and helped guide the transfer of council housing into the housing association’s care. She was one of this authority’s most experienced and senior councillors.

“The title of Honorary Alderman is bestowed on those who have given years of distinguished service and dedication to the borough. The official line in the Local Government Act says that they must have ‘rendered eminent services to the Council’.

“I hope that you will all agree that this is most definitely the case with these two former members.”

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