Three former West Norfolk councillors have been nominated to join the borough’s Honorary Aldermen.
Proposals to grant the honour to John Loveless, Tony Lovett and Trevor Manley were supported by the borough council’s cabinet on Tuesday.
Deputy leader Alistair Beales said: “I have a great deal of respect for all three of those individuals. They performed sterling service to this council for many years. I think they’ll be excellent additions to the offices of aldermen.”
Brian Long added: “They’re all very deserving candidates and fit the criteria we’ve laid down for this.
“One of the duties is a supporting role to the mayor at civic functions and I’m certain they will deliver that with aplomb.”
The status of Honorary Alderman is reserved for former councillors who are deemed to have performed eminent service to the authority.
Mr Loveless, Mr Lovett and Mr Manley all stepped down at last May’s elections, having given 54 years of service to the authority between them.
Mr Loveless initially served as a councillor from 1987 to 1990, while Mr Manley was a member between 1991 and 1994.
They then returned to the chamber in 1999, when Mr Lovett was first elected to the authority.
And David Pope paid particular tribute to Mr Loveless.
He said: “He’s always done his duty with full enthusiasm and it’s nice that someone from a minority party should be recognised in this way. I feel sure he’ll be very privileged.”
The proposal will now be put before the full council later this month. If approved, a special meeting will take place on May 12.