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Highest honour given to two councillors

PUBLISHED: 10:04 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 12 May 2017

Labour councillor Makhan Singh

Labour councillor Makhan Singh

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Gravesham council leader David Turner, and Labour councillor Makhan Singh were honoured

Council leader David TurnerCouncil leader David Turner

Gravesham council leader, David Turner, and Labour councillor Makhan Singh were honoured at a ceremony this week.

Both councillors received the highest honour the borough can bestow, the Honorary Freeman on May 9.

Cllr Turner has represented Istead Rise war on the council from 1976 to date, was deputy council leader from 2015, and became leader just a few weeks ago, after John Cubitt had to step down on health grounds.

Cllr Singh has represented Pelham ward since 1983.

Gravesham council’s chief executive, David Hughes, said: “Awarding David and Makhan with the freeman of the borough awards is a perfect way to recognise their huge contributions to Gravesham borough over a combined total of 75 years. They both will leave a long legacy in the borough so it is only right that we recognise their hard work and contribution in this way.”

Cllr Turner said: “It has been a real privilege to represent the local community for more than half my life. I think I have made a difference to both Gravesham as a whole and to my ward members in Istead Rise. Thank you for this recognition.”

Cllr Singh added: “It was such an honour to receive this award and it’s been an absolute pleasure to give so much to my local community.”

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