by Tanya Geddes DONCASTER'S highest honour is to be awarded to five people to mark the new millennium, it was announced this week.
by Tanya Geddes
DONCASTER'S highest honour is to be awarded to five people to mark the new millennium, it was announced this week.
The presentation of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough to three men and two women was agreed by councillors.
The recipients include John Ellis who is being rewarded for his services to the promotion and education of music and jazz.
He commented: "I'm very delighted and honoured. I also feel slightly embarrassed by it because I can think of hundreds of people who are probably more worthy recipients."
Volunteer Jeanette Fish, has been honoured in recognition of her work with St John's Hospice and the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust
"I am very, very pleased and honoured that people thought well of me to nominate me," said Jeanette, who is co-ordinating the South Yorkshire Newspapers Millennium Million Campaign.
"But the real credit must go to the people of Doncaster themselves. St John's Hospice and everything there belongs to them. I was around to play my part but this is an award on a much wider basis."
The Very Reverend Father Gerard Harney said he was "surprised" and considered it a " great honour" to have been chosen for his help to the community during his career.
"It's tremendous to feel appreciated," he added.
Thorne opera diva Lesley Garrett will accept her freedom of the borough in recognition of her musical achievements. She said she was "thrilled and delighted" at the honour.
Hall Cross School old boy Rodney Bickerstaffe, general secretary of Unison,
receives his freedom of the borough for his work in the Trade Union movement and public services.
The five, who will now join an illustrious band of ten other freemen, were chosen from a total of 64 nominations by a specially appointed panel.
One of the selectors, council leader Colin Wedd, said: "We were faced with a very hard task but I hope the people of the borough will agree with our final choice for this high honour."
They will receive ceremonial scrolls and caskets during a ceremony in October.