THE former Mayor of Solihull David Bell has been recognised by the council in a ceremony to make him an Honorary Alderman.
Mr Bell, who stepped down from his post as councillor for Meriden in May, was mayor of Solihull in 2008/9.
During his 19 years at the borough council, he also held the environment brief and chaired the planning committee.
An honorary alderman title is the highest award for a former councillor.
To be eligible, the alderman must have held at least 15 years’ service on the council.
“The recipient must have made a significant contribution to the council and the people it represents,” Solihull Council adds.
Two-thirds of the councillors must vote in the non-political award.
Councillor Stuart Davis, current Mayor of Solihull, said: “I have worked with Honorary Alderman Bell for many years and I can think of no individual more deserving of this title. During his time with the council he has overseen many developments and changes within Solihull and his distinguished service has not gone unnoticed.”