Special honour for former Corby councillor after nearly 25 years of service

Jimmy Noble of Corby
Jimmy Noble of Corby

A former Corby councillor who served the community for nearly 25 years is to be made an alderman by Corby Council.

Jimmy Noble worked as a local councillor from 1991, and only retired from the role earlier this year.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the Corby community and it is a great honour to be recognised in this way

Jimmy Noble

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

Even to this day Jimmy 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.

Following the unanimous decision at a full council meeting of Corby Council, a special full council meeting will now be organised to officially award Jimmy with the title, where he will be presented with a signed scroll and badge.

Jimmy Noble said: “I am very proud to be joining other longstanding councillors, Maureen Forshaw and George Crawly, as aldermen.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the Corby community and it is a great honour to be recognised in this way.”

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Jimmy was a councillor in Corby for many years, he gave sterling service to his constituency, the town and council.

“Jimmy always conducted himself properly and has been a credit to the council.

“Even after giving all of these years of service he remains active in the community and I am more than happy to move the recommendation that he be awarded the title of alderman.”

Leader of Corby Conservative group, Cllr Rob McKellar, said: “25 years is an outstanding amount of time to serve the community.

“Although at times I may not have agreed with Jimmy’s views politically, I always admired the passion and convictions in which he argued his points.

“Jimmy is someone who stands up for what he believes, he has and still continues to be involved in the community and charities in Corby and I am more than happy to support his nomination for alderman.”

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 office of the mayor, however they have no legal, social or royal precedence.