A former council leader has been made the first honorary alderman in Kettering’s history.
Terry Freer was awarded the title in recognition of his 40 years of service given to the authority.
Mr Freer was first elected to the council in May 1976.
He was mayor in 1982/83 and for many years was leader of the council.
Mr Freer played a leading role in the economic development of the borough over the past four decades.
He was responsible for overseeing growth in and around the borough’s four towns, the development of current recycling services and cultural and leisure facilities.
Until his retirement in February this year, Mr Freer represented St Peter’s Ward and was an active member of the West Side Community Association.
He said: “The past 40 years have been heart-lifting and I would like to thank everyone – my wife and family, councillors and friends for their remarkable support.
“Kettering is a wonderful town and I am proud to have served as a councillor for so many years.”
Mayor Scott Edwards said: “Terry Freer is a fantastic example to us all and on behalf of the council I wish him well in his retirement.”
The title was awarded to on June 29 and many councillors paid tribute to the longevity of Mr Freer’s service, the difference he made to the town and the way he conducted himself in office.