A special commemorative plaque has been presented to Teignbridge's longest serving councillor, Fernley Holmes, who has called time on his council work after 40 years service.
Mr Holmes became a Teignbridge Councillor in 1973, on the shadow authority for Teignbridge which oversaw the introduction of Teignbridge Council in 1974. He was an Independent councillor and represented Bovey ward.
During his 40 years on the Council he fought hard to improve people's housing opportunities and was always keen to support local sport.
He was known around the council as a man with a cheery word and a passion for the rural areas including his beloved Bovey Tracy.
Teignbridge Council's Chairman Cllr Rosalind Prowse and colleagues, including councillors and staff, met him in Old Forde House on Tuesday, September 3, where he was presented with the plaque.
Cllr Prowse said: "Fernley has been a Teignbridge stalwart, always speaking out for the people he represented. We extend to him our very best wishes for the future."
Teignbridge Council's Leader Cllr Jeremy Christophers said:
"Fernley has given 40 years service to Teignbridge and has seen many changes here.
"He has been a loyal Independent councillor for the district and always spoke up in council debates to make sure the people he served had their voice heard.
"He has given a lot of time and energy to the council. We respect his wish to retire and he leaves with all our best wishes."
Arrangements are underway to hold a by-election. Details will be published on Teignbridge Council's website in coming days at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/elections