|Councillor Derek Howe|
It is the very first time such a title has been awarded to anyone in Whitwick and comes in recognition of a lifetime of service.
For 40 years Derek has been returned by local people to represent them at the District Council, indeed he was present at the inaugural meeting of North West Leicestershire District Council in 1973, and during that time he has helped countless local residents who have experienced problems.
Derek has been a member of many council committees and on the boards of numerous local bodies - schools, charities and housing associations to name just a few - and has gained immense experience over the past four decades.
As a relatively inexperienced Councillor I have been so grateful to Derek since I was first elected in 2011 for his advice and counsel which never fails to be of great value.
It's true that there is nothing new under the sun and when problems arise invariably Derek has experienced something similar before and can tell you the best way of dealing with them.
Over the past 40 years Derek has been a devoted servant of the Labour Party, but more importantly Derek has been a devoted servant of the village that he calls home, Whitwick.
It is a privilege to serve alongside Derek, I hope I will continue to work with him for many years to come.
The special meeting of Whitwick Parish Council to recognise Derek is open to all members of the public and will take place at St John the Baptist C of E School at 7.00pm tomorrow.