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Freedom of the Borough and Hononary Alderman awards given out at Barking and Dagenham Council ceremony

PUBLISHED: 16:02 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 06 February 2018

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Abdul Aziz, presented the awards to Jon (fifth from left) and Roy (second from right) Picture: LBBD

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Abdul Aziz, presented the awards to Jon (fifth from left) and Roy (second from right) Picture: LBBD

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Jon Gilersleeve, a council employee, has been given the Freedom of the Borough in recognition for his work promoting sport and volunteering in the borough.

Jon raised over £60,000 in grants for football coaching and was commended for running a “highly successful” goalkeeping school at the ceremony.

He is now a patron for Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre where he organises activities for the community.

Roy Patient, who served as a councillor for 20 years, including a year as mayor in 1992, was given the Honorary Alderman award.

He has been a school governor of four schools and is chair of Eastbury School’s governing body.

Roy has been an active Labour Party member for 44 years, including 30 years as secretary for Thames Ward.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “I was thrilled to hand out the awards to two special individuals who have played such a significant role in our borough.”


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