Cyril receives award for 50 years’ service

Surprise presentation to Algarkirk parish councillor Coun Cyril Rylott for 50 years' parish council service. Pictured (from left) Coun Henny Pinchin, Mayor of Boston Coun Peter Jordan, clerk Kathy Partridge, Coun Rylott, Coun Mick Surridge, Coun Diana Reid, Coun Brian Dickinson and Coun Joe Tunnard.

Surprise presentation to Algarkirk parish councillor Coun Cyril Rylott for 50 years' parish council service. Pictured (from left) Coun Henny Pinchin, Mayor of Boston Coun Peter Jordan, clerk Kathy Partridge, Coun Rylott, Coun Mick Surridge, Coun Diana Reid, Coun Brian Dickinson and Coun Joe Tunnard.

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A LONG-standing parish councillor has been honoured for 50 years’ service to his community.

Coun Cyril Rylott joined Algarkirk Parish Council in 1961 - the council was short on members and he thought he would, in his own words, ‘give it a go’. Fifty years on, now in his 80s, he is still there.

“I can’t believe it,” he told The Standard. “I can tell I’m 81 when I think about what I used to do every day, but it doesn’t feel like 50 years of parish council meetings.”

Pinchbeck-born Coun Rylott moved to Algarkirk as a schoolboy. He would follow his father’s footsteps into farming in the village.

He says there have been great changes in the first tier of local government since he joined, from the number of meetings to the council paperwork itself.

“In those days, we only had two or three meetings a year. Now, we meet monthly,” he said. “When I joined the agendas were on the back of old note paper, anything you could get your hands on.”

To mark his 50th year with the council, fellow members organised a surprise presentation for Coun Rylott featuring Mayor of Boston Coun Peter Jordan.

Coun Rylott puts his long-service down to enjoying spending time with his fellow members, but also speaks positively about the variety of the role.

“You never know what’s going to happen at one of our meetings. If you go see a film or a show you know what’s going to happen, but you never know what’s going to happen at the parish council of who will turn up,” he said.

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