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New Freemen For Bury!

Friday, July 6th 2012 01:00

Three people who have given great service to Bury over many years have been given honorary freedom of the borough.

Three people who have given great service to Bury over many years have been given honorary freedom of the borough.

Three people who have given great service to Bury over many years have been given honorary freedom of the borough.

The talented trio are former Whitefield councillor Derek Boden OBE, Bury FC general manager Jill Neville, and East Bury community activist Harry Reed.

They were presented with commemorative medals and scrolls at a special meeting of Bury Council on Wednesday 4 July.

Adding a touch of glamour to proceedings were two of Mrs Neville’s famous children, sporting champions Philip and Tracey Neville, who were there to see their mother awarded the honour.

Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of the council, said: "All three have a long record of outstanding work in the community. They have been a real asset to Bury and make a big difference to people’s lives, and we are delighted to give them this honour in recognition of their effort and dedication."

* Derek Boden was first elected to the former Whitefield Urban District Council in 1972, becoming a member of the new Bury Metropolitan Borough Council in 1974. He represented Besses ward in Whitefield for 40 years until standing down in last month’s (May 2012) local elections.

Mr Boden (aged 75) was leader of Bury Council from 1997 to 2001, and also served as leader of the North West Regional Assembly. He received the OBE from the Queen in 2004 in recognition of his long service to local government.

 

* Jill Neville a sporting stalwart, who has been company secretary of Bury FC for more than 20 years and also general manager for the last three.

 

Jill is Bury born and bred, and still lives in the borough. She used to work for the council in the environmental health and housing departments in between raising her family, and ran her own business before joining Bury FC. Now aged 61, she still plays rounders and netball and continues to promote sport in the area.

 

* Harry Reed

is a well-known and popular local community activist in East Bury, and a long-standing member of Pimhole Residents Group. He was also chairman of the SRB steering group that brought regeneration to the area.

 

Harry (aged 77) is Bury also born and bred, and has lived nearly all his life in the town. A widower (his wife Mary passed away in 2008 shortly before the couple’s golden anniversary), they have four children and three grandchildren. He has been self-employed for most of his working life.

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