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.