Councillor Brian Silvester has been presented with an Outstanding Achievement Certificate from the Prime Minister to mark his 35 years of dedicated service as a Councillor.
David Cameron wrote on the certificate that "it gave him great pleasure to mark Brian's outstanding service to the Conservative Party. They say a week is a long time in politics. So for you to have dedicated so many years of your life to serving our Party makes me incredibly proud. Thank you on behalf of every Conservative Leader, Member of Parliament and candidate who you have helped."
Brian also received a letter of congratulation from the Chairman of the Party Baroness Warsi. She wrote that she "would like to thank Brian on behalf of the Party for all he had done during an impressive 35 years of service as a Councillor. As leader of the Conservative group three times, Deputy Leader twice and the Council Leader twice you have been at the forefront of delivering excellent quality and great value for money Council services. Your recent time as Mayor of the Borough was a fitting reward and recognition for the great contribution which you have made to your community."
Brian said," I am delighted that my long service as a Councillor has been recognised in this way by the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Party. I was very surprised but extremely pleased to receive the Outstanding Achievement Certificate. Thirty five years service as a Councillor is a remarkable milestone in my life. There have been numerous highlights and successes and I will always treasure those.
I greatly enjoy serving as a Councillor. There are two main aspects of the role. Firstly I find it very satisfying to help constituents with their problems and concerns. Secondly it gives me an opportunity to improve and shape our local community.
I would like to thank all those residents who have voted for me to be their Councillor over the last 35 years. It is an honour to serve them. I would also like to thank the local Conservative Party members who have selected me to be their candidate and helped me get re-elected to the Council time after time.
I now look forward to the next 35 years !"