Pair are honoured

Freedom of the borough presentation at Halifax town hall'Chris McCafferty and George Richardson
Freedom of the borough presentation at Halifax town hall'Chris McCafferty and George Richardson

A FORMER Rastrick councillor is among the latest group of Freeman and Freewomen of the Borough.

George Richardson MBE was watched by his youngest daughter and family at a 50-minute ceremony at Halifax Town Hall.

The eight men and two women were nominated by a cross-party panel of councillors.

The award is recognition by Calderdale Council of the significant contribution made by the individuals concerned across all walks of life in Calderdale.

Mr Richardson said it was a “wonderful” day. “It was out of the blue to open the letter,” he said.

“I’ve been lucky enough to get the MBE but it was still a big shock. It’s the highest award my local Borough can give me.

“It was an honour for my peers and local people in the borough to recognise the work I have done.”

Former Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty was one of two women to receive the honour she said was “delighted” to receive it.

“I nearly fell off the chair when I received the letter,” she said.

“It was totally unexpected and I can’t express how happy I am.

“It felt really good to be given the award with that group of people. It was like your work life flashing past. I did find it difficult to listen but it was a reminder of what I did and I did find myself saying ‘Yes, I did do that’.”

The full list: former County Councillor Mark Andrew, former Mayor and Liberal Democrat councillor for Luddenden Foot Peter Coles, former Conservative council leader John Ford, former Warley ward councillor Janet Hardy, former Ryburn councillor Dr Bob Heys, former Mayor and Ovenden councillor Tom Lawler, former councillor and Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty, former Rastrick councillor George Richardson MBE, Businessman Roger Harvey OBE, Todmorden historian and former solicitor Douglas Wilson.

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