Honour for ‘Mr Holbeach’ after loyal service

Terry Harrington with his Freedom of the Parish of Holbeach Award presented by parish council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson.  Photo by Christopher Seymour.
Terry Harrington with his Freedom of the Parish of Holbeach Award presented by parish council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson. Photo by Christopher Seymour.
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An ex-Holbeach parish councillor who stood down in May after 36 years’ public service has been recognised for his efforts across the area.

Terry Harrington was presented with the Freedom of the Parish at a ceremony in Holbeach on Tuesday attended by former colleagues and guests.

Mr Harrington and his wife Jill together served the parish council for 75 years, including spells as chairman, vice chairman, clerk and deputy clerk respectively.

A Holbeach Parish Council spokesman said: “We were looking for some way by which to honour Terry Harrington’s 36 years of service as a councillor, amongst many other things, when it was discovered that the parish council could bestow upon him the Freedom of the Parish.

“It’s an honorary title and so to mark it, we held a social evening to which both current and past councillors and staff were invited.”

Paying tribute to Mr Harrington, Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “I’ve known Terry since the late 1990s and, to me, he’s been Mr Holbeach Parish Council.

“It’s relied on him for so many years of service and he is deeply appreciated by us all.”