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Breckland councillors Ian Sherwood, Shirley Matthews and Paul Darby were recognised for their services to Swaffham as they were presented with certificates for their work.

Mr Sherwood has served for 20 years, Mr Darby has been a Breckland councillor for 20 years and Mrs Matthews has served the town for 28 years.

From left to right Ian Sherwood, Shirley Matthews and Paul Darby
From left to right Ian Sherwood, Shirley Matthews and Paul Darby

She will not be standing for Breckland in May, Mr Sherwood confirmed.

Ed Colman will be standing instead having served the town as a county councillor.

Mr Sherwood added: “On a personal level, I am really proud to have served the people of the community for 20 years. I first started when I was 36-years-old and still enjoy it.

"I have served at all levels of the council, and the most rewarding thing is the individual cases.

"Local residents get in touch when we are able to champion things within the community which makes a big difference.

"There are big challenges in a community and we cannot satisfy everyone all the time but once we are elected, we are there to represent the whole community and carry out what is in the best interests of the town."

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