Chesterfield’s longest-serving borough councillor has retired.
David Stone served on Chesterfield Borough Council for 31 years, never losing his Barrow Hill and New Whittington seat.
A former mayor of Chesterfield, Mr Stone was involved in the early work of the Vicar Lane development.
He also played a big part in bringing cricket back to Queen’s Park and the introduction of some free town centre parking in Chesterfield.
Mr Stone, who was an independent councillor before he retired, said: “I am very proud to have served Chesterfield and have made many new friends over the years. The people of Chesterfield are a very friendly lot, even if they don’t like your kind of politics. I feel a little sad.”
His close family surprised Mr Stone with a retirement cake featuring an iced drawing of the town hall. It was presented by his son Paul who lost his seat as a councillor after 14 years in this month’s borough council election.
He said: “I would like to thank my dad on behalf of friends, family and residents. I know he would also want me to acknowledge the contribution all the family has made to civic life. Between us we have produced three mayors and five councillors including mum, the late Freda Stone, who was dad’s mayoress. In total the family has represented the borough for more than 66 years.” Mr Stone also served as a Derbyshire County Council councillor for eight years and spent almost four years on the county’s Fire Authority.