There was a standing ovation and a fair few tears at County Hall when ill health forced one of West Sussex County Council’s cabinet members to resign.
Debbie Kennard, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities, had a lung transplant in 2015 and told her fellow councillors that she had since developed some serious health problems.
Struggling to speak at first, a tearful Mrs Kennard said she had "absolutely loved" the role she has held for the past two years.
Lauding the work of the county libraries and the fire and rescue service, she said: “It’s been a great privilege to work with teams of amazing, dedicated staff. It’s been inspiring and I count myself truly blessed.”
She added: “It’s been an honour to see all the work you all do.”