Accolade marks 50 years as councillor

A FORMER councillor has been granted the first award of its kind in the borough for dedicating nearly five decades of his life to helping his community.

Lawrence Goveas has been made North Tyneside’s first honorary alderman.

He was presented with the award at a full council meeting in recognition of his service with North Tyneside Council and, before that, the old Tynemouth Borough Council.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “North Tyneside Council has never made an honorary alderman award before, and I am delighted that it will be going to someone of such a high calibre as Lawrence as he is deserving of the honour.”

Mr Goveas, of Cullercoats, began his public service as a councillor in 1960 after being elected to Tynemouth Borough Council.

After the reorganisation of local government in Britain in 1974, he became a member of North Tyneside Council, representing the Cullercoats ward until his retirement last year.

Mr Goveas served as mayor of Tynemouth in 1968 and was deputy mayor of North Tyneside from 2002 to 2004.

He was also chairman of the council in 2004.

Mr Goveas was made a member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2005 in recognition of his years of service as a councillor.

An honorary alderman is entitled to take part in civic ceremonies but has no right to take part in meetings of the council or its committees and sub-committees, or to receive any allowances.