One of the country’s longest-serving councillors will today mark 60 years in office.
Charles Swift was first elected to Peterborough City Council as Labour member for North ward on 1 July 1954, when he became the city’s youngest councillor aged 23.
The 83-year-old has represented the area since, winning 15 elections. His roles have included council leader, mayor and deputy mayor and he has attended more than 500 full council meetings, some of which he still cycles to.
Cllr Swift, who now sits as an independent, said: “When I was first elected I never could have imagined still being a city councillor 60 years later.
“I think I’ve been around for so long because I’ve simply tried to serve my constituents and the people of Peterborough in general.”
Council leader Marco Cereste (Con) said: “He should be held aloft as a shining example of what people can achieve when they get involved in local politics and the difference they can make to a community and the people in it.
“Charles has not only led the city, but has also been a wonderful ambassador and we can’t thank him enough.”