Two former Worthing mayors recognised for ’eminent service’

Friday, July 29th, 2022 7:47pm

By Jessica Hubbard - Local Democracy Reporter

Two former Worthing mayors will be recognised for their public service.

As part of a long-running tradition to recognise former mayors, Worthing Borough Council gives them honorary titles once they retire or are defeated at an election.

Bob Smytherman and Sean McDonald are set to become honorary aldermen after the Joint Governance Committee approved the appointments on Thursday (28 July).

The title is given to former councillors for ’eminent service’ and will allow them to attend civic ceremonies but not to carry out council duties or vote.

Both Mr Smytherman and Mr McDonald left Worthing Borough Council after the May local election. Mr Smytherman retired from politics after representing Tarring ward for 20 years. He also served as Worthing Mayor for 2013-14.

Mr McDonald represented Northbrook ward for eight years and was mayor between 2016 and 2017. He stood for re-election in May but lost his seat.

A special council meeting will now be arranged to confer the titles.

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