Royal British Legion to be honoured with Freedom of the Borough

The seven dedicated local branches of the Royal British Legion will tonight [Tuesday] be given honorary Freedom of the Borough.

Published: Tuesday, 4th April 2017

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The seven dedicated local branches of the Royal British Legion will tonight [Tuesday] be given honorary Freedom of the Borough.

Representatives from the following branches: Hounslow, Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Heston, Hanworth and Bedfont and Hatton, will step up to receive the prestigious accolade at tonight’s special Borough Council meeting at the Civic Centre.

Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow will lead the ceremony along with Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council.

Also attending will be Councillor Paul Lynch, representing the Conservative group, Councillor Daanish Saeed, Deputy Mayor of Hounslow, Mary Harpley, Chief Executive of Hounslow Council and Maria Pedro, Deputy Lieutenant for Hounslow [The Queen’s Representative]

The award is conferred to people of all walks of life who have given outstanding service to the people of Hounslow.

Not since 2009 has the Freedom of the Borough been presented to an organisation.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “It’s important that we recognise the contribution that people make to the borough.

“The Freedom of the borough is the highest honour we can bestow on a citizen or organisation, and is given in recognition of the high esteem in which that organisation or person is held by the council.

“We all know how tirelessly the Royal British Legion work nationally but this is recognition of the dedication and achievements of the branches that serve our veterans, current serving armed forces and their families here in the borough.

“We pay tribute to them this evening and bestow upon them the biggest honour we can give.”