AFTER more than 20 years representing the county as a councillor, Christina Jebb has been made an Honorary Alderman.
The former Staffordshire County Councillor was awarded the honour at a special meeting of the authority earlier this year.
Mrs Jebb, who currently sits on Endon with Stanley Parish Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, has also been a member of the Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire Authorities.
She said: "I am very proud and quite emotional about it all. It is lovely to have been offered such an honour. It was not something I expected to receive at all.
"I became a councillor because I wanted to represent my community and make a difference for local residents. I never expected anything like this." The title of Honorary Aldermen is conferred on councillors to recognise their long and exception service to the authority.
Mrs Jebb added: "I feel very privileged to have been chosen for this honour.
"The ceremony was a lovely occasion and a lot of nice things were said about me, which is lovely. "It shows the work I have done has been recognised and appreciated.
"I spent 24 years as a county councillor longer than any of my careers as a nurse or a teacher lasted.
"It has been such an interesting time for me. I have learned so much and met some great people.
"I have been a part of making some key decisions for Staffordshire and for the country and I have grown as an individual in the process. It is a great honour."