King’s Lynn historian to be made freeman

Official opening of the new Eastern Sea Fisheries Archive at True's Yard.'The archive is full of maritime records and belongs to E-IFCA (former Eastern Sea Fisheries). It has taken staff about three years to sort it all out.'Phillip Haslam, chief executive of E-IFCA looks through some of the contents with Dr Paul Richards. ANL-141121-175204009

Official opening of the new Eastern Sea Fisheries Archive at True's Yard.'The archive is full of maritime records and belongs to E-IFCA (former Eastern Sea Fisheries). It has taken staff about three years to sort it all out.'Phillip Haslam, chief executive of E-IFCA looks through some of the contents with Dr Paul Richards. ANL-141121-175204009

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A well known Lynn historian and former Borough Mayor has been nominated to receive the Honorary Freedom of West Norfolk.

Councillors will consider the proposed award to Dr Paul Richards at a meeting next week.

And, if approved, the award will be presented at a special council meeting in April.

Dr Richards yesterday said he had initially thought the letter informing of the nomination was a joke.

He added: “This is a great honour and a very humbling experience.”

Although groups including Lynn’s Air Cadets have been awarded freedom of the borough in recent years, no individual has received a similar honour since 1969. Past recipients have also included the Queen Mother.

A report to go before councillors says the award does not confer any special rights or responsibilities on recipients, other than a ceremonial role at civic functions.

Dr Richards, chairman of the North End Trust which operates True’s Yard and Norfolk’s deputy lieutenant, twice served as borough mayor and was a councillor for 12 years between 1991 and 2003.

The proposal will be considered by a borough council panel next Wednesday, before going before the cabinet on March 3.

If approved there, the award is likely to be presented at a special council meeting on April 23.