Former mayors conferred honorary title

Honorary Aldermen Charles James, Christine Brown and Tom Wye
Honorary Aldermen Charles James, Christine Brown and Tom Wye

THREE former Worthing mayors have been granted an honorary title by Worthing Borough Council.

Councillor Charles James, Major Tom Wye MBE and Christine Brown have been conferred the title of Honorary Alderman.

Mr James said: “The role of mayor opens one’s eyes to all the positive aspects and actions of Worthing, and makes one realise how fortunate it is to be a resident of the town, and to have served as the mayor. To be granted the status of Honorary Alderman is a great privilege, and I will always cherish this honour.”

Between them, the former councillors and mayors have given over 30 years of public service in the town.

Each received a certificate and attended a reception after the ceremony.

Mr Wye said: “I was both humbled and honoured to have the title of Honorary Alderman of Worthing conferred on me.

“I look forward to maintaining contact with the council.”

Mrs Brown has become Worthing’s first female Honorary Alderman.

She said: “I was surprised and delighted to find I was the first Alderwoman in Worthing. My time on the council was most interesting and the comments I received at the special council meeting were extremely gratifying.“

The honour of Alderman was bestowed in recognition of their eminent and distinguished service to the council and the borough.