Llanidloes Town Councillors have agreed to honour a former colleague with an Alderman title in recognition of her 44 years of service.

Lady Shirley Hooson stood down from the town council at this month’s local elections, weeks after her 90th birthday.

At this month’s town council meeting, Cllr Angela Morgan paid tribute to Lady Hooson’s work over the years.

She said: “We have been very fortunate to have some wonderful previous members, but one has given more than anyone else.

“Lady Hooson served on the district council from 1973 to 1976, and Llanidloes Town Council from 1974 to 2017.

“She has held the position of mayor and served on many committees, and she championed the refurbishment of the town hall.

“On reaching the age of 90 she sensibly decided to retire, but her interest in the council has not diminished.

“I think she has provided us with a unique example of dedication and duty to this town council and this town.

“She more than reaches the necessary criteria of this award.”

The idea was unanimously agreed by the councillors present, including Cllr Pam Smith who said: “I second everything Cllr Morgan has said.

“She has been an absolute gem. For as long as I have lived in Llanidloes, Lady H has just always been there and long may she be around.”

Mayor Cllr Janet Crisp added: “Recognition of any long service should be given.

“To me, recognition of things well done is rarely given, but people are quick to recognise when people make a mistake.”

It was agreed that a ceremony should be arranged to present the award to Lady Hooson.

In addition, the council may start a new tradition of presenting all former mayors with an award in recognition of their work when they depart from the town council.

Cllr Angela Morgan said: “It would be nice to have a little brooch or something they can take when they retire.”

Options for such an award are being looked into by the clerk.