Council honours long standing public service by Mr Terry Freer

Published: Friday, 1st July 2016

Mr Freer made honorary alderman

Kettering Borough Council made Terry Freer the first honorary alderman in its history on 29th June. A special Council meeting met to convey this honour, only available to ex-councillors, in recognition of the forty years of service Terry gave to the Borough as an elected councillor. 

Terry Freer was first elected to the Council in May 1976. He was elected Mayor in 1982-3 and for many years was Leader of the Council.  He has had a leading role in the economic development of the Borough since the 1970s, for overseeing growth in and around the Borough’s four towns, the development of our current recycling services and our cultural and leisure facilities, and in recent years, helped shape the development to the East of Kettering. Up until his retirement in February this year, Mr Freer represented St Peter’s Ward, and as such, was an active member of the West Side Community Association. He has also held positions on the County Council and within the NHS.

Terry Freer said: 

“The last 40 years have been heart-lifting and I would like to thank everyone – my wife and family, councillors and friends – for their remarkable support. Kettering is a wonderful town and I am proud to have served as a councillor for so many years”.

The Mayor, Cllr Scott Edwards said:

“Terry Freer is a fantastic example to us all and on behalf of the Council I wish him well in his retirement.”

Many councillors paid tribute not only to the longevity of Terry’s service, but also to the difference he made on many fronts and the way in which he conducted himself in office.