A FORMER councillor has been presented with an antique clock to mark the end of his political service of almost 40 years.

Labour’s Derique Montaut retired from local politics earlier this month and was yesterday handed a couple of special artefacts.

The 1950s wooden clock and small, 1970s silver keepsake had been brought into the Walcot Community Shop by members of the public.

Peter Mallinson, who runs the shop, noticed the items and immediately saw their potential.

He said: “Having seen the historical value of both pieces, it was decided that we would keep them in Swindon as part of the town’s heritage.

“Derique has been a councillor for years and we thought it would be appropriate to present him with the clock as a recognition of the time he has spent on the council.”

An honoured Derique said: “We need to remember our history and our heritage, and it’s important to recognise the people who have served the town throughout the years.

“Special thanks was given to Deacons Jewellers in Wood Street who did a beautiful restoration job on the clock.”

The items will remain in the mayor’s parlour where the newly elected mayor Junab Ali promised to look after them.