Three community stalwarts honoured by Barking and Dagenham Council

Three community stalwarts have been honoured by the borough.

Police officer Daniel O’Sullivan and school governor Glenda Paddle have received the freedom of the borough while Cllr John Davis was awarded Honorary Alderman status.

Daniel O’Sullivan is being recognised for his work with young people at the Dagenham Amateur Boxing Club as well as in the community where for the past 13 years he has been based at a secondary school

Glenda Paddle is being recognised for her “selfless and valued dedication” to the local education system through her work as a school governor for 32 years.

Cllr John Davis was awarded Honorary Alderman status in recognition of his “outstanding” service to the council over more than 40 years. He was awarded the freedom of the borough in 1983.

The former mayor will be allowed to use the title upon his retirement from the council in May.

Council leader, Cllr Liam Smith, said: “The individual contributions that Councillor Davis, Glenda Paddle and Daniel O’Sullivan have made to our borough have enriched the lives of many.

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“Their selfless dedication to help and improve the lives of our residents over many years is an inspiration to others.”

The freedom of the borough award is the highest tribute the borough can give.