Honour for former Corby councillor as he is made alderman

Former councillor Jimmy Noble with Corby mayor Peter McEwan
Former councillor Jimmy Noble with Corby mayor Peter McEwan

A former Corby councillor has been honoured by being made an alderman in recognition of his years of public service.

Jimmy Noble was officially presented with the award of alderman at a special full council meeting held last night (Tuesday) in the council chamber at Corby Cube.

Corby Borough Council, indeed the whole town, is so proud of Jimmy

Cllr Tom Beattie

Mr Noble worked as a local councilor from 1991, retiring from the role earlier this year.

During his time as a councilor, Jimmy was mayor of Corby in 1997-98 and also held the post of lead member of regeneration and chairman of audit and governance.

But Mr Noble still stays active in the community and continues to be involved in Teamwork Trust, the Corby Carnival Committee and was given title of chieftain at the 2015 Highland Gathering.

He was presented with a signed scroll and badge by Corby mayor Peter McEwan as part of the ceremony.

On receiving the award of alderman, Mr Noble said: “What a privilege it is to become alderman of Corby Borough Council.

“I have worked alongside George Crawley and Maureen Forshaw for many years, so it is fantastic to now be joining them as alderman.

“Thank you so much for awarding with this title, it is an honour.”

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to see Jimmy receive this honorary title.

“Jimmy has served the town for over 20 years, and since retirement, his contribution to the council has been greatly missed.

“Corby Borough Council, indeed the whole town, is so proud of Jimmy, and he has certainly earned and thoroughly deserves to be presented with the award of alderman.”

Leader of Corby Conservative Party, Cllr Robert McKellar, said: “What a delight it is to see Jimmy Noble be given the title of alderman after many years of public service.

“I haven’t always known Jimmy personally, but I have certainly known of him for many years for the great contribution he has given to the town.

“A hearty congratulations to Alderman Noble, this title has been thoroughly earned.”

The council may award the title of honorary alderman on persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the council as past members.

Honorary alderman are encouraged to attend all civic ceremonial events when invited.

They may work in support of the mayor and the dffice of the mayor however they have no legal, social or royal precedence.