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West Ayton parish councillor Les Cussons steps down after 34 years
8:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
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.
He has been given the rare accolade of Freeman of the Parish.
Mr Cussons has farmed at Low Yedmandale, West Ayton, where he has lived all his life, with his wife Catherine.
For many years he specialised in dairy farming but today the farm’s main interest is pigs.
During his long career as 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,” he said.
The parish council has presented him with a Robert Fuller picture of hares.