RETIRING Leeds councillors Ronnie and Ruth Feldman have been honoured after 52 years of service to the city.
A commemorative certificate from Leeds Jewish Representative Council (LJRC) acknowledging a donation to Leeds Jewish Welfare Board was made before 50 people at the LJRC annual meeting at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre in Moortown.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Rev Alan Taylor, said Ronnie was not a person who promoted self but a person who promoted service.
“His tenure as Lord Mayor in 1991, as the third Jewish Lord Mayor of Leeds, was a great honour and I know he took this very seriously,” he said.
Last year Ruth, who was made an alderman of the city yesterday, stood down as a Leeds city councillor after 12 years service.
“Together both Ruth and Ronnie have given 52 years service to Leeds and that is a remarkable record,” the Lord Mayor added.
Ronnie said he had enjoyed his career enormously mainly because it was always rewarding when you could help people. Ronnie recalled that in his mayoral year he and Ruth were given an official dinner and included on the guest list was the Ark Royal’s captain.
Hilton Lorie, president of LJTC, said Coun Feldman’s involvement with had dated back to 1960. Following his announcement to step down Neil Buckley was selected to contest the Alwoodley ward at this May’s local elections. Neil and his wife Lyn have lived in Alwoodley for 29 years.
Neil said: “It is a tremendous honour to follow in Ronnie’s footsteps.”