HISTORY was made in Lynemouth on 1st June 2016 as the Parish Council conferred the Honorary Freedom of the Parish on Councillor Gillian Thompson, MBE, and Mrs. Sarah (Sadie) Hannah Williamson, MBE.
At the Annual Meeting of Lynemouth Parish Council on Wednesday, 4th May, 2016 it was unanimously agreed that Honorary Freedom be conferred upon Gillian and Sadie in recognition of their eminent service and contribution to the well-being of their area.
The honorary freeman title confers no powers on the individual; it is entirely ceremonial. The citation on the scrolls reads:
“At a meeting of the Council it was unanimously resolved to grant Councillor Gillian Thompson, MBE, and Mrs Sarah Hannah Williamson, MBE, the Honorary Freedom of the Parish. We the Council grant you this highest honour we can bestow for the valuable and eminent services rendered to the community of Lynemouth by you for many years. During that time you have served in many positions and conducted exceptional work, service and other worthy undertakings. We loudly applaud your valuable and sterling service whilst thanking you most sincerely.”
The Chair of the Parish Council presented each scroll and said:
"A record of many years of public service is a tremendous achievement. Gillian Thompson and Sadie Williamson have both made a significant contribution to the community throughout that time and continue to do so today. Both hold the MBE for services to the community for a range of work. The Parish Council is proud and honoured to confer Freedom on such worthy recipients. On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish to officially thank you for conducting exceptional work, service or other worthy undertakings that benefit the community of Lynemouth by presenting you each with a Freedom Scroll, the highest honour it can bestow.
"The Council thought it fitting that Councillor Thompson should be the first recipient of the honorary freedom of the parish. Gillian has served in many positions and held the offices of councillor and chairman for several periods.
"The Council also felt that Mrs. Sadie Williamson has rendered eminent services to the parish and has contributed to the well-being of her area. A founder member of Lynemouth Ladies’ Tuesday Club, social secretary for a Darby and Joan club, running a dancing class, and still going strong organising the annual shoebox appeal."