Honours to be bestowed on former Preston stalwarts

Aldermen: Former councillors Bill Shannon and below, Jennifer Greenhalgh
Aldermen: Former councillors Bill Shannon and below, Jennifer Greenhalgh
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Two stalwart former Preston councillors are to be made honorary aldermen at a special ceremony next week.

Jennifer Greenhalgh and William Shannon are to be given the honour at an extraordinary meeting of Preston Council next Thursday.

Jennifer Greenhalgh

Jennifer Greenhalgh

Mr Shannon, a former leader of the Liberal Democrats said: “It really is a great honour. I was delighted to be told.

“It comes after I was made a Guild Burgess in 2012, and really crowns my time at the council.”

He added: “I was leader of my group, and despite being on the council for 12 years, I feel like a relative newcomer compared to some of the others.”

Aldermen were traditionally appointed to the position as they had many years of experience serving as councillors and they held the respect of the rest of the council.

The title was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972.

But the Council may also confer the title of Honorary Alderman on any person who “has rendered eminent services to the Council as a past member of the Council.”

After prayers, the Mayor, Coun Nick Pomfret, will open the proceedings at the full council meeting.

Coun Chrissie Thomas will propose Mr Greenhalgh’s appointment as a honorary alderman.

Coun Pauline Brown will propose Mr Shannon.

The office of Alderman can be found within the ancient Charters of the Borough.

During the Guild of 1397 records show that the Guild was held before the Mayor, three stewards, 10 Aldermen and the clerk.

Nearly two dozen people have been made aldermen by Preston Council. The last person was former councillor Albert Richardson in September.