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Freedom of the borough presentation at Halifax town hall'From the left, reverend Robin Gamble, Alison Moss, Raymond Gamble, Janet Hardy, Andrew Hardy and deputy mayor John Hardy

Freedom of the borough presentation at Halifax town hall'From the left, reverend Robin Gamble, Alison Moss, Raymond Gamble, Janet Hardy, Andrew Hardy and deputy mayor John Hardy

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ANOTHER 10 names will be chipped into marble at HalifaxTown Hall after the latest group of freemen and freewomen were appointed.

The group were watched by their proud families at a 50-minute ceremonyl.

The eight men and two women were nominated by a cross-party panel of councillors.

Former mayor and Liberal Democrat councillor for Luddendenfoot Peter Coles said: “I am very honoured to be among the people here. I am delighted to share the day with them.”

Businessman Roger Harvey OBE was joined by his wife, daughter and son-in-law. “I am extremely proud,” he said.

“There were many evenings where my family didn’t see me due to my involvement in local groups.

“But the great thing about being involved in local events is the people you meet and work with. I’d encourage anybody to become involved.

“The only way any of us will make a difference is by doing it,” he said.

Of the ceremony, he said: “It was a very humbling experience.”

Former Town ward councillor Janet Hardy was one of the two women recognised.

She said she thought back to the girls she had met through her involvement with the Guiding movement. “Our little girls come as Rainbows and we see them grow and blossom,” she said.

“To have been a little part of their lives, that’s given them such confidence is an absolute pleasure,” she said.

The title does not actually confer any rights of freedom but it was decided a new group should be appointed to mark the start of the new decade.

The full list is: former County Councillor Mark Andrew, former Mayor and Liberal Democrat councillor for Luddenden Foot Peter Coles, former Conservative council leader John Ford, former Warley ward councillor Janet Hardy, former Ryburn councillor Dr Bob Heys, former Mayor and Ovenden councillor Tom Lawler, former councillor and Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty, former Rastrick councillor George Richardson MBE, Businessman Roger Harvey OBE, Todmorden historian and former solicitor Douglas Wilson