Seaford honours its honorary Freemen

Seaford mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven
Seaford mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven

A SPECIAL ceremony was held in Seaford on Sunday to officially honour two residents who were the first to be given the Freedom of the Town from Seaford Town Council.

Laurie Holland and Don Mabey, who have been awarded the title of Honorary Freeman, have dedicated years of their time to the town and were nominated for the prestigious award.

They were both present at St Leonard’s Church on Sunday for a ceremony which was attended by a number of dignitaries and was followed by a short parade through Broad Street and the High Street.

The first Honorary Freedom of the Town awards were decided by the town council in May this year and were official conferred on Sunday and the pair both received scrolls.

Seaford mayor Council Linda Wallraven called the pair unsung heroes, adding, “I think it’s one way of the town recognising two people who have done so much for Seaford and don’t expect recognition. It’s just nice that we can do this for them. I’m sure they will be more unsung heroes in the future.”

Laurie Holland, often described as ‘Mr Seaford’, has a long standing history of service to the town. Initially through his work in the treasurer’s department culminating as treasurer to Seaford Urban District Council and assistant treasurer to Lewes District Council (LDC) before his retirement.

The 78-year-old later served as a councillor on both LDC and Seaford Town Council.

He is president of both Seaford Lifeguards and Seaford Museum & Heritage Society and has also undertaken key roles with Seaford Baptist Church, Sussex Table Tennis Association and is a keen member of Seaford Stamp Club.

Don Mabey moved to Seaford in 1985, is involved with many organisations and at the age of 91 has no intention of slowing down.

He is a keen fundraiser for RAFA charities and has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years.

He is president of Seahaven RAFA and a founder member and honorary president of the Royal Society of St George Seahaven Branch. In his spare time he still enjoys playing golf at Seaford Head Golf Club, of which he is president.

Mr Mabey said, “I’m absolutely thrilled, honoured and very proud.

Mr Holland added, “This is the highest accolade a town can give to a citizen and it’s very humbling.”

Freedom of the Town is an honour given to people who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the well-being of Seaford.