Four volunteer committee members who have given up their free time to help improve life for people in County Durham have been recognised by the Chairman of Durham County Council.
Terry Batson, Betty Carr, David Kinch and Jim Welch have contributed a total of 37 years’ service to the council’s overview and scrutiny committees and will now retire from their duties.
The four co-opted members were presented with a certificate in recognition of their valued contribution and commitment to their committees by new Chairman Cllr John Lethbridge.
“It was a pleasure to meet these four individuals who have given up so much of their own time and played a vital role in the democratic process,” he said.
“Their work makes a real difference to others in the community and improves the lives of those who live and work in County Durham.”
Mrs Carr, from Shildon, a co-optee on the Adults Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “This role has meant my voice has really been listened to and I am pleased to have made a difference to my community.
“I would definitely encourage others thinking about getting involved to find out more about this worthwhile position.”
Mr Batson, from Tow Law, served on the Economy and Enterprise Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Mr Kinch, from Whorlton, served on the Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, while Mr Welch, from Crook, served on the Safer Stronger Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee.