Dozens of West Norfolk Council workers were honoured for centuries of loyal service to the borough during a ceremony at Lynn’s town hall this week.
A total of 45 staff, who between them have served the area for a combined 550 years, received long service awards from the borough’s mayor, Barry Ayres, during the event on Wednesday afternoon.
Certificates marking 10, 20 and 30 years of service were presented to workers from across the authority’s departments.
And the council’s leader, Nick Daubney paid tribute to their dedication to public service, particularly in the current era of substantial change in the way councils work and reductions in the amount of funding councils receive from central government.
He said: “As a council we strive to provide the best possible service to our residents and to make West Norfolk a place people choose to live, visit and do business.
“In recent years, when we have faced ongoing financial pressures, delivering this vision has demanded high levels of commitment from our staff who have embraced new technologies and new ways of working to deliver efficiencies.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to thank staff for their continued dedication and to take this opportunity to celebrate their professionalism.”
Dozens of council staff are recognised for their contributions to the work of the authority during the annual ceremonies, which are traditionally led by the borough’s mayor of the time.
Over the past five years, more than 200 council workers have received awards for service ranging from 1o to 40 years.
More than 650 people are currently employed by the council.
That figure includes workers who are jointly employed by the authority and the Alive Leisure trust, the body which was set up by the council last year to run sports facilities in the borough including Lynnsport, the Oasis and Downham leisure centres, plus Lynn’s Corn Exchange.