Former Kettering councillor to be recognised for 40 years of service

Terry Freer at an election count in 2007.
Terry Freer at an election count in 2007.

A Kettering councillor who stood down earlier this year after 40 years of service is set to be made an Honorary Alderman of the borough.

Conservative Terry Freer, who represented St Peters, resigned in February having been first elected in 1976.

He was nominated for the title of Honorary Alderman in March, but circumstances prevented him from being given the honour.

But now he is set to receive the recognition at a special council meeting next Wednesday (Jun 29).

The status recognises those who have given exceptional service to the council and lets them attend civic ceremonial events.

In a letter to fellow councillors after resigning, Mr Freer said: “Over many decades I have enjoyed the company and support of councillors of all parties and of our officers.

“There have been times where we have not all agreed but that is inevitable because of the passion we feel for the borough and its citizens.

“I owe a special thanks to my ward councillor running mate, Mary Malin, who has been a friend and confidant for more years than both of us would care to remember.”

Mr Freer’s seat was won by fellow Conservative Ian Jelley, who claimed a landslide victory in a by-election.