Staff who have given a total of 550 years for West Norfolk Council have been given a well-earned pat on the back.
A total of 44 staff were presented with long service awards during a ceremony in Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday.
Support staff and chief executive Ray Harding were among those presented with certificates by Borough Mayor Elizabeth Watson after giving ten, 20, 30 and 40 years of service to the authority.
Gardener Mick Rayner is the longest serving recipient for this year after notching up 40 years with the authority.
Council leader Nick Daubney said: “As a council we aim to make West Norfolk a great place to live, work and visit. Achieving that simply would not be possible without the dedication and knowledge of experienced staff.
“The long service awards are a way of saying thank you for staff’s continued commitment and an opportunity to celebrate the strength and quality of our staff.”
Technical support officer Lesley Raby, benefits officer Dave Attew and Carole Davis, review team officer and benefits advisor, have all worked for the council for 30 years.
Chief executive Mr Harding and his personal assistant Emma Elflett also received certificates to mark their ten years of service.
Mr Harding said: “We have seen huge changes over the ten years I’ve been in West Norfolk. Continuing financial austerity has meant that we have to operate differently and staff have risen to the challenge, finding innovative ways of working that protect the services people rely on without placing further strain on local council tax payers.
“The valuable experience of long-serving staff has certainly helped us to do this.”