Badge of honour as five made Aldermen for lengthy public service


    Honour for Five Aldermen

    Five former Stafford Borough Councillors with a combined total of 116 years’ service were honoured by the Mayor in a special ceremony.

    The five have been given the title of ‘Honorary Alderman’ by current Mayor, Councillor Gareth Jones, to recognise the work they undertook on behalf of the council.

    Among the recipients of the title were previous mayors and members of the Cabinet. They were each presented with a certificate and badge to mark the Alderman title.

    Aldermen and women are not paid an allowance and have no right to attend or participate in Council meetings.

    The five are:

    • Joyce Farnham MBE who served for a total of 28 years during two spells from 1987 to 1995 and again in 1999 to 2019. She was Mayor when her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll, visited Stafford to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter
    • Frank Finlay was a borough councillor between 1995 - 2019. He was Mayor of the Borough in the 2004/2005 civic year and Cabinet Member for Environment and Health for eight years
    • Brian Price was on the Borough Council from 1987 to 1995 and again from 1999 to 2019 - a total of 28 years. He served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor during that time
    • Geoff Rowlands served on various committees in his 20 years on the council between 1999 and 2019. He was also the Labour Group secretary for many years
    • Ken Williamson was a borough councillor for 16 years between 2003 and 2019. From 2009 until he stepped down from the council, he was the Cabinet Member for Resources. 

    Leader of the Council, Patrick Farrington, said: “It is great to recognise the eminent service these five former councillors have given to our borough and many residents, businesses, community groups and organisations are very grateful that they chose this vocation. They fully deserve to be given the title of Alderman.

    He added: “I also pay tribute to their loved ones because to dedicate so much time and energy to public service requires the support and understanding of family and friends.”


    Press Release No 5587

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