LONG-standing Labour councillors Ian Ormerod and Dave Parkins are to be made honorary aldermen in recognition of their service and dedication to the borough.
The announcement was made at a meeting of Hyndburn Council at Accrington Town Hall as they bade farewell to their colleagues.
The pair, who have clocked up a total of 26 years service between them and have both held the position of Mayor, chose not to stand for re-election in yesterday's (Thursday's) local elections.
Overton ward councillor Susan Shorrock also decided to step down after three years on Hyndburn Council to concentrate on her duties as a county councillor for Great Harwood.
Council leader Peter Britcliffe and deputy leader of the Labour group, Councillor Lesley Jackson, thanked all three councillors for their hard work over the years.
Councillor Ormerod, who is also an ex-county councillor, has represented Milnshaw ward for 14 years. He was leader of Hyndburn Council in 2002-03 and held the post of Mayor of Hyndburn in 1998-99.
He wished his colleagues well in the future, adding: "Over the last 15 years I have seen an awful lot of changes. There have been some incredible changes in the way that local government is run.
"One of these has been the Cabinet system which I think is to the detriment of the backbenchers. I think it has been detrimental to local democracy.
"I hope that Hyndburn Council does go on as I know there is a question mark over it now.
"It is always difficult getting people to stand for the council because you don't make any friends. If you please somebody, you will upset somebody else , but you have just got to take it and get on with it.
"I think it is the duty of every citizen to put themselves forward if they get the opportunity because without local democracy we would be in a very sorry state."
Councillor Dave Parkins, who was Mayor in 2001-02, has held positions on the council's Planning Committee and acted as vice-chairman of Huncoat Area Council.
He has represented the Huncoat ward for 12 years but has decided to give up politics to spend more time with family and friends.
He said: "I would just like to thank you all, the people of Huncoat and especially Councillor Brendan Shiel. Without the people of Huncoat I would not be where I am today."
Councillor Shorrock added: "I would just like to say thank-you to all of my colleagues. I have enjoyed it but I could not do two jobs. I can be just as useful where I am going."