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Honorary Alderman award for former ‘father of the council’

13 February 2024

A former councillor, who served on Cambridgeshire County Council for more than 30 years, has been recognised by members at Full Council today (13 February) and awarded the title of Honorary Alderman.

Cllr McGuire, whose death was announced at the start of the year, was remembered and awarded the title today, which his wife and family members were presented with by Chair Cllr Sebastian Kindersley and Chief Executive Stephen Moir.

Cllr Mac McGuire's wife and daughters receiving the Honorary Alderman award from Stephen Moir and Cllr Sebastian Kindersley
Cllr Mac McGuire's wife and daughters receiving the Honorary Alderman award (left to right: Catherine McGuire, Stephen Moir, Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, Viv McGuire, Michelle Sowman).

Under the Local Government Act 1972, the council can award the title of Honorary Alderman to those who have provided outstanding services as past councillors.

Cllr McGuire – or Mac as he was known to councillors, council staff and the residents he served in the Yaxley and Farcet division – was the county council’s longest serving councillor, having first been elected to Cambridgeshire County Council from 1985 to 1992, and then again continuously from 1997.

During that time, he held a range of key and senior political roles, including chair of council, deputy leader, cabinet member for highways and transport and cabinet member for community engagement. He was also a strong advocate for and supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant in Cambridgeshire. Cllr McGuire also served as a member of Huntingdonshire District Council until 2022.

Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Mac served this council and his community tirelessly over a very long period. This honour has quite rightly been bestowed to him as an Alderman title, he was not only a long serving councillor but an extremely dedicated and important one. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of public service.”

Cllr McGuire’s wife, Viv, said: “Mac was committed to his public servant role, he always put the community first and always willing to help with any issues. We miss him dearly, and he would have been so proud to receive this award today.”