Philip Spearey, a former Mayor and Borough Councillor has received the Council’s highest civic accolade.
He has been made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough after serving 30 years as a borough councillor, representing the Fair Oak and Horton Heath ward.
At their Annual Meeting in July 2010, the Council agreed to admit Mr Spearey as Honorary Freeman of the Borough in recognition of his ‘long and loyal service to the Council and its local communities, which he has rendered as a Borough Councillor for the Fair Oak and Horton Heath areas from 1980 to 2010’.
The honour was conferred at a special meeting of the Council on Friday 21st January, when Eastleigh Mayor, Councillor John Caldwell, presented a silver casket and scroll to Mr Spearey. Over 130 guests including Lord Chidgey, past mayors, freemen, councillors and Philip Spearey’s family and friends attended.
Mr Spearey retains his interest in local government and has been a member of Fair Oak and Horton Heath Parish Council for the past 36 years. He now serves as the Parish Council’s Vice-Chairman.
The Borough of Eastleigh has conferred the honour of Freeman on 12 individuals since its creation in 1974, and also awarded the Freedom of the Borough to the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1995.
Source: Eastleigh Borough Council