Three recognised with Freedom of the Borough honour

The Lord McKenzie of Luton, John Still and Vivian Dunington MBE
The Lord McKenzie of Luton, John Still and Vivian Dunington MBE

The Lord McKenzie of Luton, Vivian Dunington MBE and John Still were presented The Freedom of the Borough honour for their eminent services to the borough, on Thursday, January 15. It is the highest honour which the council can bestow on an individual.

Luton Town manager John Still, said: “I’m receiving it on behalf of the people I work with: the staff, the players, the supporters and everyone involved.

“Everyone has played their part in a fantastic year for this football club. I’m very, very proud to receive it, but I’m mindful of the fact I’m receiving it on behalf of lots of people.”

In response to receiving the scroll, The Lord McKenzie of Luton, said: “I feel especially privileged to have been granted Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Luton and to be in such good company as Viv Dunington and John Still.”

Following the presentation, Vivian Dunington said: “I love Luton and it has been very prosperous for me. Thank you for this honour from an old member to present members.”

All three were presented with scrolls before signing the Roll of Honorary Freemen.

Leader of the council, councillor Hazel Simmons, who spoke in support of the presentation of a scroll to The Lord McKenzie of Luton at the meeting, said: “Bill was an excellent ward councillor and was instrumental along with Roy Davis in taking forward the development of Luton Airport that secured its future direction.

“He has worked continuously for the community in different ways throughout his career and I know he continues to supports many voluntary and community organisations.

“This is in recognition for a person who has dedicated his life to working for local people. He has been and still is an excellent ambassador for our town and this is a well deserved acknowledgement of the contribution he has, and is still making in public service.”

Councillor Michael Garrett, who nominated both The Lord McKenzie of Luton and Vivian Dunington MBE, spoke in support of Mr Dunington, said: “Viv has undertaken 36 years in local government in Luton and was the Conservative leader of the Council for 15 years.

“In that time he has worked tirelessly for the people of Luton and has brought a significant amount of trade to the town. This honour is well deserved!”

Councillor Michael Dolling in support of his nomination of Luton Town Football Manager, John Still, said: “I have been a fan of Luton Town Football Club since I was 10 years old, so as a fan I am very happy that John Still has agreed to receive this honour on behalf of everyone at the club.

“Luton Town’s promotion to the football league after five painful years has been incredible.

“This promotion has brought countless cultural, social and financial benefits to the town and truly helped to build community spirit in Luton.”

Honorary Freemen have no legal rights but may be invited to take part in important ceremonial occasions in the borough.