Councillor Clocks up 40 years' service
Date Added: 06/11/2014
In October 2014 Cllr Colin Osborne, MBE completed 40 years of continuous public service as a Sandy Town Councillor. The occasion was marked in the Town Council offices on Monday 3 November when tributes were paid to Cllr Osborne by past and present councillors and staff. On behalf of the community the current Town Mayor, Cllr Will Jackson, expressed sincere thanks for this loyal and committed service. The Mayor also recognised the contribution of Mrs Diane Osborne who has loyally supported her husband as he has performed his civic duties.
During the last 40 years Cllr Osborne has served as Chairman of the Council or Town Mayor (as the Chairman’s role was restyled in 1988) for five separate terms as well as acting as Deputy Mayor and Chairman of numerous different committees. Sandy Town Clerk, Delia Shephard said “Cllr Osborne will have spent an absolute minimum of 1,200 hours in formal council meetings and his total hours in this unpaid, volunteer role will amount to thousands more. It’s a huge sacrifice for anyone to make and Cllr Osborne has combined it with many other interests and community commitments to the benefit of Sandy. However, he will need a bit more service if he wants to beat the record for Britain’s longest serving local councillor – astonishingly it’s currently 83 years.”