There was a special presentation at North Devon Councils meeting on Wednesday. Taken quite by surprise, Councillor Faye Webber was presented with flowers and a special gift to mark 40 years on the District council. Chairman Councillor Geoffrey Fowler did the honours, handing over the bouquet and a best bits book full of cuttings and photos of Fayes time on the council, saying it was a privilege to do so. She was voted in at the councils inception in 1973 with a majority of just one- taking the second seat for the ward of St Marys with 447 votes. 40 years is a long time, she said. I didnt know this was going to happen so I havent prepared a speech. Ive enjoyed the years, it has been challenging and nothing has stayed the same. I do miss meeting all members of the council and think its a great pity we dont meet more often. I think lately debate has gone across the floor and its become them and us. I served for over 20 years as an independent and enjoyed them, but having said that I still think I do just as I like. Mrs Webber also said she was happy to still be serving on the council, having overcome breast cancer nine years ago. Nine years ago I didnt think Id still be here now, she said. But I looked at the other side and said therell be no by-election. I kept that promise. I dont know how many more years Im going to go on for and Im keeping that a secret.