FIVE eminent Scarborough residents were each honoured at a special ceremony at the Town Hall yesterday.
Former boxing world champion Paul Ingle, ex-Scarborough Football Club chairman Don Robinson, and Andrew and Tim Boyes – who have helped shape the success of their Scarborough-based business empire – were each bestowed with the Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough.
In addition former Scarborough mayor and councillor Lucy Haycock was made an Honorary Alderman for services given to the council between 1983 and 2011.
In accepting the honour Mr Robinson said he could not make a long speech because he was too saddened on hearing of the death of his friend Max Payne.
He said: “I never thought I’d get anything like this honour in this room. I am overwhelmed. I’d like to thank everybody for this honour. I thank you all and I really appreciate it.”
Mr Ingle said he wanted to thank everybody who had been involved in nominating him for the honour.
Andrew Boyes said: “To be made a freeman in my hometown is an honour.”
Tim Boyes added: “I think it’s fair to say that I felt quite overwhelmed when I was invited to receive this honour.”
And Mrs Haycock said she had originally stood as a councillor because she enjoyed community work and wanted to encourage it in others.
The Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough had only previously been given to 15 people since the council was given the power to make the award in 1974.