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SEATON: Freedom honour for community stalwart

Thursday, 01 May 2014


SEATON’s top honour has been bestowed on one of the town’s most respected community workers. Having already received the British Empire Medal for her services to the town, former mayor Barbara Dearden Potter has also been granted Honorary Freedom of Seaton. She is only the second person to be honoured in this way - the other being museum curator and local historian Ted Gosling. Seaton Town Council held a civic reception on Thursday of last week for Mrs Dearden Potter. Having received the BEM in the New Year’s Honours List, the town council wanted to congratulate and honour her. Six former mayors present Councillors and Mrs Dearden Potter’s friends and family attended the reception, which included six former mayors. County councillor Jim Knight congratulated Mrs Dearden Potter and spoke fondly of the work they had undertaken together over the years, particularly on the now disbanded Seaton Phoenix. Town Mayor Gaynor Sedgwick said it had been difficult to know where to start when paying tribute to Mrs Dearden Potter as she a had been involved in so many groups in the town, as well serving for many years on Seaton Town Council. She congratulated Mrs Dearden Potter on receiving her well deserved award and thanked her for her tremendous voluntary work in Seaton and contribution to the community. Councillor Sedgwick said Seaton Town Council was proud of her and her achievements. Mrs Dearden Potter was then handed the highest award to be given by the council by conferring on her the Freedom of Seaton. The mayor also thanked Janet Cave who had put Mrs Deardon Potter’s name forward to receive an honour and gathered letters of support. Councillor Sedgwick also took the opportunity to thank members of Seaton Phoenix who had worked so hard over many years to raise funds for good causes in the town.


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