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Country’s longest serving Councillor set to step down

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Godfrey Olson to step down

The country’s longest serving borough councillor, Councillor Godfrey Olson OBE has decided to retire his seat at this year’s council elections in May after a remarkable career spanning more than six decades.

Councillor Olson, who is Leader of the Conservative Group on Eastleigh Borough Council, is also the longest serving Borough Councillor in the country having served on the council for 61 years .

Cllr Olson first joined the Council in 1955 and throughout that time has represented the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury area of the borough. He has been Mayor of the Borough on three occasions in 1961-62, 1976-77 and 1997-98 and was also made a Freeman of the Borough in 1977. In 1994 he received an OBE for his services to the community.

Cllr Olson said, “I would like to thank the electorate of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury for supporting me for the 61 years that I have served and it has been a privilege to represent them. I would also like to thank the many colleagues that I have served with, and the Council staff for always being cooperative and helpful.”

In 2005 Cllr Olson was recognised for 50 years service for Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury with a framed citation and in 2015 for 60 years of service when he was presented with engraved whisky glasses and a bottle of single malt whisky.