Parish councillor steps down after 34 years’ service

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Les Cussons, one of North Yorkshire’s longest serving parish councillors, has stepped down after being a member of the West Ayton council for 34 years and is now to be given the rare accolade of Freeman of the Parish.

He has farmed at Low Yedmandale, West Ayton, where he has lived all his life, with his wife Catherine, a leading local floral artist.

During his long career as parish councillor, Mr Cussons has been chairman several times, and is a former chairman of the North York Moors National Park’s southern area parish forum.

“I have seen many changes in West Ayton over the years, especially the building of new homes, but it has still retained its character as a historic village which has a very active community.”

The parish council has presented him with a Robert Fuller picture of hares in thanks for all his efforts.