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Honorary Freeman awards could be established in town

Created on 25/01/2017 @ 17:33
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A well-known local figure who died last week could be one of the first people to be made an Honorary Freeman of Newtown under plans to be discussed by the town council next week.

It is understood Newtown Town Council will consider establishing a scheme of Honorary Freeman of the town with a posthumous nomination for town historian and former mayor, David Pugh.

The idea will be put forward by Cllr Richard White at next Monday’s meeting.

Cllr Pugh died last week after a short illness. He was best known for his knowledge of the history of Newtown, along with its buildings.

He was mayor of Newtown for a time in the 1990s and served on the town council for many years, along with the local civic and history societies.

An Honorary Freeman does not really receive any benefits from being honoured with such a title. However, it is a way for a local authority, such as Newtown Town Council, to confer an honour on a person, much the same as the Queen can honour citizens with an OBE, CBE or Knighthood.

Councillors will consider whether to establish such a scheme at their meeting and, if they do, whether to posthumously honour Mr Pugh.

Photo: David Pugh who passed away last week and could be awarded a posthumous Honorary Freemanship of the town.

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