HARTLEPOOL Borough Council is seeking nominations for either individuals or organisations to be granted a historic title.
The decision follows a recent meeting of the Civic Honours Committee, chaired by the town’s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher.
The Honorary Freeman/Freewoman title is the highest honour that a council can bestow and in the last forty years, it has only been awarded on 18 occasions.
The last recipients in 2010 were former Hartlepool MP Lord Mandelson, TV personality Jeff Stelling, cancer fundraiser Isobel Wilson and Hartlepool Families First founder Wendy McLoughlin.
Others who have received the prestigious accolade include former town clerk Eric Waggott, former Hartlepool MP Ted Leadbitter and the Hartlepool Lifeboat Station.
Coun Akers-Belcher said: “I think it right and proper that the council should acknowledge those who render eminent service to our town.
“It’s over three years since the council last granted the historic title and I think the timing is now right to seek nominations from the public.
“There are many individuals and organisations who serve our town with pride and distinction and I am sure we will not be short of nominations.”
Nominations must be submitted in writing with supporting evidence to Dave Stubbs, Chief Executive, Hartlepool Borough Council, Civic Centre, Hartlepool. TS24 8AY. Alternatively, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for nominations is Friday, October 18. The council’s Civic Honours Committee will then meet to consider the nominations before making recommendations to a meeting of the Full Council.
For further information, contact (01429) 523013.