FORMER Arun councillor Sylvia Olliver has been made an Honorary Alderman of the district after serving Arun for more than two decades. Mrs Olliver (80) served 17 years as district councillor for Bersted before standing down in May 2011.
Her dedication to public service and love of Bognor Regis also saw her take up roles on Bersted Parish Council where she served for more than 20 years.
Mrs Olliver, a keen writer of prose and an avid historian, was also elected to West Sussex County Council and Bognor Regis Town Council where she served her beloved town as Mayor four times. At some points, Mrs Olliver served on all four councils at the same time.
Warm tributes were paid to her service to Bongor and Arun District by district council lleader Mrs Gillian Brown and Cllr Dr James Walsh last week. Mrs Olliver was presented with a ceremonial scroll at the meeting and a badge making her one of only three Honorary Alderman of the district of Arun, by council chairman Cllr Dennis Wilde and vice chairman Cllr Anne Smee.
Cllr Wilde said: “Sylvia’s passion for Bersted and Bognor Regis is unwavering and it is clear Bersted and Bognor Regis feel the same way about her.”
Mrs Olliver said she was thrilled to receive the honour.
She said: “I have loved my time as a councillor on all the authorities I have served. I have been honoured to meet so many people whose passion for where they live has given me such inspiration over the years.