Corby Councillor and former town mayor Maureen Forshaw has resigned from the council due to ill health.
Mrs Forshaw, 76, has served on the council for almost 40 years, representing the Danesholme estate and then being elected to serve the Kingswood ward in 1999.
She was mayor of Corby in 2003/4 and has also served as vice-chairman of the development control committee, been a member of the licensing committee and the overview and scrutiny panel.
Mrs Forshaw said: “I have really enjoyed my time as a Corby councillor but because of health reasons I have to resign. I’ve seen many changes over the years, from the closure of the steelworks and the march for jobs, to the successful regeneration.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my term as mayor and it’s been marvellous to serve the community and help people.
“I will continue to volunteer for Age Concern in the town but I can only do a limited number of hours a week.
“I would like to thank all my fellow councillors and officers for their support during my time as a councillor.”
Due to the resignation a vacancy has arisen for a Kingswood ward councillor.
Until an election is held, ward councillors John McGhee and Paul Beattie will continue to deal with local issues.