Honorary titles for two former city councillors
TWO former city councillors have been made aldermen.
Diane Bunyan and Celia Lukins both served as councillors for 12 years, in Windmill Hill and Avonmouth respectively.
They had the honorary titles conferred on them after yesterday's mayor-making ceremony.
Ms Bunyan, 61, right, was the first city councillor to have a baby while serving office and was the first female leader of the council.
She lost her seat in 2003 just a year after taking over as council leader from George Micklewright.
She now works as a consultant for the United Nations and the Council for Europe in promoting democratic systems and women's issues in developing countries.
Ms Bunyan said she "hugely missed" the humour and banter in the council chamber.
"It was a huge pleasure to be an elected member and first woman leader and taught me such a lot about the dedication, effort and commitment from councillors and staff who work for the authority," she said.
Mrs Lukins, 64, a retired civil servant, who served as a councillor between 1990 and 2002, was best known for a rebuilding programme of the popular pre-fabs.
She was also responsible for leading the massive rebuilding programme for the Horfield council estate where hundreds of homes had to be demolished because they suffered from concrete cancer.
She was the first female councillor to be chair of the former Housing Committee and first female cabinet councillor for housing when the local government system was changed.
"I'm very proud of the achievements in the public and private sectors of housing which improved the quality of so many people's lives while I was in office," she said.