Three councillors, Sikh Community Group and Northampton General Hospital to receive prestigious awards

Council to give all five honorary freedom of the borough as well as make 10 new honorary aldermen

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 11:57 am
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 1:05 pm

Three councillors, the Sikh Community Group and Northampton General Hospital are being given the honorary freedom of the borough.

Sally Beardsworth, Tim Hadland, Phil Larratt and the two organisations will formally receive the honour at an extraordinary Northampton Borough Council meeting on Monday (March 22).

NGH's award was agreed by councillors last year 'in recognition of the invaluable work staff have provided during the coronavirus pandemic'.

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Northampton borough councillors Tim Hadland (left), Sally Beardsworth and Phil Larratt will receive the honorary freedom of the borough

Ten councillors who have served for 12 years or more will also be conferred as honorary aldermen at the meeting, due to be one of the last before the local authority is abolished.

They are Brandon Eldred, Penelope Flavell, Matt Golby, Councillor Hadland, Christopher Malpas, Jamie Lane, Councillor Larratt, Brian Markham, Leslie Marriott, and Dennis Meredith.

They join individuals such as Diana, Princess of Wales, who received the freedom of the borough in 1989, as well as numerous other organisations and institutions. Both Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and police force have received it, while the army’s 9th/12th Royal Lancers Regiment was awarded the honour in 2014.

Amarjit Singh Atwal (left) and Nav Kaul from the Sikh Community Group hand out food to the homeless in May last year - the group will also receive the honorary freedom of the borough
Northampton General Hospital's award is in recognition of the 'invaluable work staff have provided during the coronavirus pandemic'
Northampton Borough Council