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Council to consider honour for coronavirus heroes

The NHS, Care Staff and Key Workers who live and care for people across the Borough will be considered for one of the most prestigious civic awards in South Tyneside - the Freedom of the Borough.

The rare honour has only been awarded to 10 people or organisations since 1981. If approved by Borough Council the NHS, Care Staff and Key Workers will join The Rt Hon Lord Don Dixon P.C.D.L, The Citizens of Wuppertal and 205 (3rd Durham Voluntary Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery (volunteers) and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade in receiving this prestigious award.

Members have now started the process for the honour to be considered and it will be discussed at the Council's meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday 20th May.

The Freedom of the Borough will be considered for NHS and Care staff and Key Workers such as, GPs, pharmacists, emergency services, refuse collectors, cleaners, delivery drivers, workers in contact centres and supermarkets, and everybody else who is playing a key role in keeping us safe and ensuring essential services continue to run at this most difficult time.

Councillor Ed Malcolm, Lead Member for Resources and Innovation and the Council's Armed Forces Champion said: "Being granted the Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour to be bestowed on any individual or organisation.

"The selfless individuals who have served in the NHS, our Care teams and all other Key Workers are a credit to the Borough, and it is fitting that they be considered for Freedom of the Borough.

"Our local heroes have been on the frontline of the war against coronavirus and we owe it to them that there is a lasting tribute."

Cabinet will consider whether to endorse the proposal that NHS and Care staff and Key Workers that live and care for people in South Tyneside receive the Honorary Freedom of the Borough. If Cabinet support the proposal it will be considered at a meeting of Constitution Committee who, if they also support the proposal, will make a formal recommendation to a future Extraordinary meeting of Borough Council.

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