A proposal to grant a historian dubbed “Mr King’s Lynn” the Honorary Freedom of West Norfolk has won the backing of councillors.
A special meeting is now set to be held next month to approve the award to Dr Paul Richards after members on all sides united to support the proposal on Thursday night.
Council leader Nick Daubney said: “We tend to reserve this honour for individuals but, in this case, Paul Richards has shown himself to be a magnificent ambassador for King’s Lynn and the rest of the borough.
“He’s gone way beyond what most of us would do to fulfil those promotions and still gives vast amounts of time to many institutions.”
Deputy leader Brian Long said Dr Richards “is probably Mr King’s Lynn.”
Labour group leader John Collop, who served alongside Dr Richards during his 12 years as a councillor, said: “He is unique, has done much work for KL and it’s an honour that he deserves.”
And Michael Pitcher, of the UKIP group, said it had been “a pleasure” to work alongside him during the development of the Marriott’s Warehouse on the South Quay.
A special meeting, where the honour is expected to be confirmed, will now take place on April 23.