Councillors at Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council have unanimously agreed that local man Rory Evans should be made an Honorary Freeman of Newtown.

Born and raised in Newtown Rory commented “It is a great honour as a Newtonian to be awarded an Honorary Freeman of Newtown. I’d like to thank Newtown Town Council for this award. I hope people carry on attending my history tours and listening to my stories and raising money”.

The Town Council has the power to grant the Honorary Freedom of the Town of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn.  Town Clerk, Ed Humphreys, confirmed “The Local Government Act 1972 allows the Council to admit as honorary freeman or freewoman persons distinction and those who have rendered eminent service to the area persons of distinction or who have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent service to Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn.  The title doesn’t carry any special privileges or rights, nor any entitlement to participate in the proceedings of the council meetings or ceremonial events and is purely and simply a recognition of merit.  This is the second such award, but the first to a living person.  Congratulations to Mr Evans”.

Rory is a well-known and valued member of the community who is recognised locally for his ghost walks, stories and events.  Rory has raised thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes over the years, and continues to find opportunities to fundraise and show support. Rory will receive his award at the upcoming Celebration of Newtown Awards on Wednesday 19th April.

The Mayor, Cllr John Byrne, said “Congratulations to Mr Evans.  The title recognises Rory’s generous fundraising work to the community over many years and imaginative way he’s gone about it.  It’s a rare honour indeed.  It’s also a fine example of how our community can work together for the benefit of all, and I hope the entire community will join me in supporting and recognising Rory’s efforts; long may they continue”.

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