Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Godfrey Olson: Eastleigh councillor to quit after 61 years

Councillor Godfrey Olson Image copyright Eastleigh Borough Council
Image caption Councillor Godfrey Olson was appointed OBE in 1994 for his services to the community

One of England's longest-serving councillors has decided not to stand for re-election in May after a career spanning more than 60 years.

Godfrey Olson won a seat on Eastleigh Borough Council in 1955 and has represented the Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury areas of the borough.

The leader of the Conservative group has also enjoyed three spells as mayor.

England's longest-serving councillor is Lloyd Wilce, 86, who has spent 66 years on Cinderford Town Council.

Mr Olson said: "I would like to thank the electorate... for supporting me for the 61 years that I have served and it has been a privilege to represent them.

"I would also like to thank the many colleagues that I have served with, and the council staff for always being cooperative and helpful."

Mr Olson was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1977 and appointed OBE in 1994 for his services to the community.

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