A councillor who is standing down after representing people at both borough and county level has received a commendation from the Prime Minister.
Cllr Stan Heggs was praised during the annual meeting of Corby and East Northants Conservative Association at Raunds Conservative Club on March 24.
It comes as Cllr Heggs is due to stand down at the county elections on May 4.
But despite retiring from front-line council work, which included 16 years on Corby Council and 12 years on Northamptonshire County Council, he will continue with his voluntary work for the organisation.
During the meeting, chairman Cllr Helen Harrison acknowledged his ‘splendid career’ and passed on a letter she had received from the Prime Minister Theresa May in recognition of his contribution to the community.
Mrs May said in her letter: “I want to thank you for your dedicated service to your community, and to the Conservative party.
“I very much appreciate it and I wish you all the best for your retirement from the council.”
Mrs May’s letter also mentioned her memory of meeting Cllr Heggs during a visit to Corby several years ago.
In recognition of his work, members at the annual meeting agreed with the recommendation of the management committee that Cllr Heggs should be made an honorary vice-president of the association so he can continue to be involved in executive committee discussions in the future.