A former Corby Councillor has been made the town’s first women alderman in recognition of more than 30 years service to the community.
The honour was bestowed on Maureen Forshaw at a special full meeting of the borough council on Thursday night ( March 27).
Corby mayor, Cllr Judy Caine, said: “It is an honour to be able to present Maureen with the title of alderman. Maureen was the first mayor to ever award this title to someone on behalf of the borough council and it is with great joy that I present it to her.
“She has given more than 30 years of service to the borough council and the people of Corby, has been a dedicated councillor and has always represented her ward well. On behalf of the borough I would like to thank Maureen for her dedication and look forward to meeting her in the future as Alderman Forshaw.”
Mrs Forshaw, who was first elected as a councillor in 1979 for the Danesholme ward, said: “I would like to thank the council for this honour and thank the staff for all their help and support.
“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Corby for all these years.”
In 1995 Mrs Forshaw was re-elected for the Danesholme ward after a short break, before representing the Kingswood ward from 1999 until her retirement last year due to ill health.
She was Corby’s mayor in 2003/4, was vice-chairman of the council’s development control committee and a member of the licensing committee and overview and scrutiny panel.
At a ceremony in the council chamber in The Cube, attended by councillors, officers, Mrs Forshaw’s husband John, also a former Corby council, and family and friends, she was presented with a signed scroll and a badge by the mayor.
During her time as mayor of Corby, in July 2003, she bestowed the council’s first and only other alderman title to former councillor George Crawley.
The title is an historic one awarded in recognition of service to the council.
At the ceremony Corby Council leader Tom Beattie, deputy leader of the Conservatives Cllr Rob McKellar and leader of the Liberal Democrats Chris Stanbra all congratulated Mrs Forshaw on being made an alderman and praised her for her dedication to the council and the community.
Cllr Beattie said: “This is recognition which is fully deserved. Maureen is a great example of someone who has dedicated many years to serving the community of Corby.”
Cllr McKellar said: “I am delighted this honour has been bestowed on Maureen. She has given a large part of her life to serving the borough council and Corby.”
Cllr Stanbra added: “Maureen fully deserves this award.”