Stan officially made Freeman of the Town in civic ceremony

Cllr Stan Williams pictured with the civic party, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian and Wendy Larcombe; town crier Alan Vian; town clerk John Wright; and macebearers Paul Oakley, who is also Stan’s son-in-law, and Derek Hallett (photo by Richard Austin)
Cllr Stan Williams is presented with the Freedom of the Town certificate by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE (photo by Richard Austin)

VETERAN councillor and former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Stan Williams, has been officially made a Freeman of the Town. 

It was announced back in May that Cllr Williams, aged 86, would be made an Honourary Freeman of the Town after more than half a century of service to the community.

The presentation of his official certificate was delayed due to coronavirus restrictions, but was handed over at a small civic ceremony in the Guildhall last week.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, handed over the framed certificate to Cllr Williams on Friday, watched by the civic party and close family.

A larger presentation and celebration with family, friends and dignitaries is expected to be held on September 12.

Cllr Williams first joined what was then known as Lyme Regis Borough Council in 1969 and played an instrumental part in the local government reorganisation of 1974. He went on the serve as Mayor of Lyme Regis in the 1990s.

He Williams has also played a signifiant part in the community outside of the council chamber, including in the development of the Woodmead Halls.

Cllr Williams also played for Lyme Regis Football Club, is a member of Lyme Regis Sailing Club and the Royal British Legion among other organisations.

The town council voted unanimously to make Stan an Honorary Freeman of the Town in May.

Only one other person – former town crier Phil Street – currently holds the prestigious title.

Cllr Stan Williams pictured with daughter Anita Williams, son-in-law Paul Oakley and sister-in-law Shirley Williams (photo by Richard Austin)
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