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Former leader made honorary Alderman

  • Mayor and Robert Shields

A former leader of Charnwood Borough Council has been made an honorary Alderman.

Robert Shields, who served as a borough councillor for 20 years, has been made an Alderman, the highest award that can be made to a former councillor in recognition of exceptional service to the council.

He was presented with his robes and an Alderman medallion at a recent council meeting.

Councillor Pauline Ranson, the Mayor of Charnwood said: “I am delighted we can bestow the title of honorary Alderman on Robert.

“He served the Council for many years including three occasions as leader. He also played a senior role during a period of transition for the council as it moved from a committee system to the current cabinet and scrutiny structure.

“This is well deserved and I am sure he will continue to serve the borough well in his new position.”

Mr Shields represented the Wolds on the council between 1983 and 2003. He was a cabinet member between 2000 and 2003, including serving at the leader for three periods in that time.

Mr Shields said: “I was born and grew up in Loughborough so it is an honour for me to have been considered.

“I appreciate the support that I have been given from councillors for the nomination.”

Honorary Aldermen wear a dark blue robe and support the Mayor on formal ceremonial occasions.

They are entitled to process in and take a seat at meetings of the council, although they have no voting rights.

Mr Shields joins the borough’s other honorary Aldermen, Anthony William Stott, John Bush and Joe Tormey. 

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