Surrey Heath Borough Council has bestowed one of the highest honours in its gift in conferring a former borough councillor as Honorary Alderman for his outstanding service and dedication to Surrey Heath.

Ian Sams was conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman at an extraordinary full council meeting at Surrey Heath House, Camberley on 12 June 2019.

Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader of the Council said: “The Council agreed to honour Ian with the title of Honorary Alderman following his 40 years of dedicated service to the Council and the people of Surrey Heath.

“Ian not only served on various committees during his time as a Councillor but was also Mayor of Surrey Heath, the highest office in the Borough.

“I am delighted that the Council has agreed to honour Ian in this way.”

Honorary Alderman Sams said: “I am hugely honoured to receive this title from Surrey Heath Borough Council. I was proud to serve the people of Frimley for 40 years and look forward to remaining an active member of the Surrey Heath community for many years to come.”

Mr Sams was first elected as a borough councillor in 1979 representing Frimley ward, and served in numerous roles, particularly as Mayor of Surrey Heath in 2003/04, Deputy Mayor in 2002/03 and as Chairman and Vice Chairman of a number of committees including Recreation and Amenities, Leisure and the Environment, Licensing and the Housing Sub Committee.

At the ceremony the newly-conferred Honorary Alderman was presented with a special scroll and bespoke pendant badge of office by the current Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Robin Perry.

Mr Sams presented the Council with a painting he created to mark the occasion, which will be hung in the Council offices.