FOR the first time in Trafford council’s history, two former councillors have been bestowed the title of Honorary Alderman.

Pamela Dixon and Vivian Ward were nominated for selection by Conservative leader Cllr Sean Anstee.

The appointments were in recognition for their exceptional service to the council and significant contribution to Trafford.

A special ceremony took place at the town hall on Wednesday where Mrs Dixon and Mrs Ward were presented with a badge of honour by Mayor Tom Ross.

Coun Anstee said he couldn’t think of a more ‘fitting tribute’ that recognises the work of two ‘wonderful members’.

“I consider both to be of exemplary character, determined, passionate and committed  – and I am proud to call them both friends,” he said.

“This council is not the same without their wit, knowledge and tenacity – and they are both sorely missed.”

Mrs Dixon, a former science teacher, was elected as Conservative councillor for Timperly in 1990 and later for Brooklands – and completed 27 years of service.

She was a member of several committees, including education and personnel – and as a cabinet member she oversaw standards and employment.

She was appointed as local authority governor for Brooklands Primary School and Hayes Lane Primary School and was chair of its governing body for more than 20 years.

Mrs Dixon was mayor of Trafford in 2004 – and raised more than £50,000 for charity.

In 2011, she also received an MBE for her services to the community.

Mrs Dixon said it was a great honour to receive the ‘prestigious’ award – thanked members of the council for considering her.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the council – and I will leave you to take care of our land and residents,” she added.

Mrs Ward was elected as Conservative councillor for Flixton in 1992 – and completed 26 years of service.

The former Flixton Primary School governor was mayor of Trafford in 2006 and member of several committees, including policy and development and chair of planning.

Mrs Ward said she owed a ‘debt of gratitude’ to those who helped and ‘attempted’ to guide her through the years.

“Thank you all for letting me continue to be a part of the rich heritage and history of Trafford,” she said.

“I will wear my badge of honour with immense dignity and pride.”

Liberal Democrat leader Raymond Bowker commended Mrs Dixon and Mrs Ward on their  achievements.

And council leader Andrew Western also paid tribute.

He said: “I could think of no-one more appropriate to receive alderman status of Trafford then Mrs Dixon and Mrs Ward.

“I know they both felt it was a tremendous privilege to represent their individual wards and the council.”