MARGARET Snaith-Tempia has won recognition for her service to Hampshire.
The former Hampshire county councillor has been made an Honorary Alderman of the county.
Ms Snaith-Tempia was a Gosport Borough Councillor for Lee-on-the-Solent from 1984 to 1996. She was elected to Hampshire County Council in 1997.
In 2003, she became chairwoman of the county council, and from 2005 to February this year she was part of the council’s cabinet, as leader for culture and recreation.
She was presented with the title, which marks exceptional service of people who have reached the end of their political careers, by council leader Cllr Ken Thornber.
He said: ‘It is a great privilege to present Margaret Snaith-Tempia with her deserved new title. She has worked tirelessly to not only represent her ward but to head our culture and recreation department, which kept cultural services here some of the country’s finest.’