Three former West Norfolk councillors have moved a step closer to becoming Honorary Aldermen of the borough.
A proposal calling for a special meeting to confer the status on John Loveless, Tony Lovett and Trevor Manley was passed at Thursday’s full council meeting.
The vote means that a special meeting will now take place on May 12, ahead of the annual council meeting where the new mayor for the forthcoming civic year is chosen, to confirm the awards.
Mr Loveless was in the chamber to hear the debate.
And council leader Nick Daubney said: “This item has been brought forward in recognition of long and valued service to this borough.
“I very much look forward to seeing those honours bestowed should this council agree.”
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 completed more than 50 years’ service as councillors between them.