Retired councillor gets top civic honour from her former colleagues

HONOURED Margaret Snaith-Tempia
HONOURED Margaret Snaith-Tempia

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A FORMER Lee-on-the-Solent county councillor has been honoured for her service.

Margaret Snaith-Tempia has been given the title of Honorary Alderman in recognition of her service to the people of Hampshire.

The title is made to recognise the exceptional service of people who have reached the end of their political careers.

The leader of Hampshire County Council, councillor Ken Thornber, led the tributes at a special meeting yesterday and presented her with a framed commemorative scroll.

Councillor Thornber said: ‘It is a great privilege to present Margaret with her deserved new title.

‘She has worked tirelessly to not only represent her ward but to head up the council’s culture and recreation department for six years which kept cultural services in Hampshire some of the finest in the country.’

Mrs Snaith-Tempia, pictured, said: ‘This is a very special occasion and I am delighted to receive this new title.

‘I had the privilege of working with some truly inspirational people at the council and will still be championing cultural activities in and around Hampshire.’

She first joined Gosport Borough Council in 1984 and was elected to the county council in 1997, before stepping down earlier this year. During her time she joined numerous boards and committees.