Coventry welcomes its first Honorary Aldermen and Alderwoman
Monday 17 September 2012
Former Councillors Trevor Webb OBE, Joan Wright, Dave Batten and John Gazey have become the city's first Honorary Aldermen and Alderwoman.
The former Councillors are the first previously elected members of the Council to receive the honorary title in the city.
This new civic role recognises the hard work of former Councillors who have served at least 15 years as a member of the Council. It will allow them to take part in civic parades and each Honorary Alderman and Alderwoman will be presented with a special medal, certificate and have their names recorded in the Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman Roll.
The Local Government 1972 Act allows Local Authorities to confer the title of Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman and at a Council meeting in May 2011, it was decided to nominate people to receive the title in Coventry.
Councillor Philip Townshend, Cabinet Member for Community safety and Equalities, said: "These men and women have previously given a lot to the people of Coventry during their political career and so by giving them this civic role and title of Honorary Alderman or Alderwoman helps show our gratitude. Their names will also be recorded in a special book for future generations."