Town Council presents ‘highest award’ to Local Historian David Pugh.
On Monday 24th April, Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council presented a posthumous award to Mr David Pugh. The local historian is the first to receive the ‘Honorary Freeman’ award in Newtown.
A presentation was made by the Mayor Cllr Richard Edwards and received thankfully by Mrs Anna Pugh. She added “It is a great honour and one David would have very much appreciated. I am privileged to accept it on his behalf, thank you all very much.”
David Pugh is a well-known historian in Newtown; he gave so much of his life to Newtown working on the Council as Mayor between 1994 and 1996, at the theatre and with the history and Civic Societies. He was an active and committed community member that published and edited the ever popular ‘Newtonian’.
Town Clerk Ed Humphreys said “The Honorary Freedom of the Town is the highest award that the council can bestow. ‘Honorary Freemen/freewomen is a power that is very rarely used and is normally only awarded to local people who have in the opinion of a Council, rendered eminent services to a town.
“I'm delighted to be Town Clerk at the time the town council initiates the scheme, and makes its first award. It's a first for Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn, and I hope it will recognise and reward citizens' for their contributions and encourages others.”