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Article date - 19 May 2017
In November 2016, it was put forward to the Chief Executive of St Helens Council Mike Palin - in consultation with the Council Leader and all the powers of the council - to make the necessary arrangements to confer the Honorary Alderman award to Tom Hargreaves MBE, who served as a councillor for almost 30 years.
After being elected to St Helens Council in 1987, Mr Hargreaves was sworn in as Mayor of St Helens in 2011-12, during which he set up his charity, Hargreaves Dementia Trust, for people in St Helens living with dementia.
He called time on his role as a councillor in 2016.
Mr Hargreaves returned to St Helens Town Hall for Annual Council on Wednesday 17 May, where he received a sincere ovation from everyone in attendance on being presented with his scroll after swearing his oath.
The title Honorary Alderman is the highest award that can be made to a former councillor in recognition of exceptional service to the council.