Former councillor joins roll of highest honoured

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Last Updated: 29 Aug 2019 3:38pm

Retired councillor, Peter Bolt, was admitted as Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling at a small, private ceremony on Friday 16 August 2019.

Peter Bolt retired as a councillor for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Judd Ward in April 2019 and is now officially a Freeman of the Borough - the highest award that a council can bestow on someone who has made an outstanding contribution to its borough. Upon his retirement Peter had accumulated more than 40 years of service as a councillor.

In the company of his wife, Margaret, and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Julie Beilby, Peter was conferred the honour by Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Jill Anderson.

The Mayor read from the Roll of Honorary Freeman the Resolution – “that in recognition of his eminent services to the Borough of Tonbridge & Malling, Mr Peter Francis Bolt be admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the Borough pursuant to Section 249(5) of the Local Government Act 1972” following which Peter signed the ‘Roll of Freemen’.

Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Jill Anderson, said:  "It gives me very great pleasure to present Peter with his Scroll of Investiture as Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling.  He has not only served the Council with great distinction, but has also been a valued resident who has done so much for the community over the years.  I am delighted that his exceptional contribution to the Borough and to local life have been recognised in this way."