Tributes to King’s Lynn historian set to be honoured

Dr Paul Richards with a copy of his new book - King's Lynn Through Time. ANL-140319-132248001
Dr Paul Richards with a copy of his new book - King's Lynn Through Time. ANL-140319-132248001
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Warm tributes were paid to Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards as a council committee backed calls for him to be given the Honorary Freedom of West Norfolk.

It was revealed last week that borough council chiefs had nominated him for the honour, which has not been granted to an individual since the late 1960s. Past recipients have included the Queen Mother.

Members of the authority’s regeneration, environment and community panel hailed Dr Richards’ contribution to the town as they backed the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday evening.

David Collis said: “I’ve worked with Paul over a good number of years and he is a man of absolutely enormous energy. When everyone else is fading he is still there and he is promoting all sorts of activities.

“I feel honoured to know this man. He is very humble in his approach and a tremendous asset.”

Chris Crofts said: “His passion for promoting King’s Lynn cannot be understated. This is an award he richly deserves. He always promotes King’s Lynn and he does it brilliantly.

And committee chairman Colin Sampson, a former borough mayor, added: “Those of us who’ve had the privilege of the chain certainly have had the benefit of Paul’s huge knowledge and it has made the year even more interesting than it might have been.

“I can’t think of anyone else who’s anywhere near it in all honesty.”

The proposal will be debated by the council’s cabinet next week ahead of a special council meeting in April.