Footballers granted freedom of borough

WHITLEY Bay Football Club have been awarded the freedom of the borough in recognition of their success at winning the FA Vase for the last three years on the trot.

A motion calling for the honour to be bestowed on the club was passed at a meeting of North Tyneside Council last Thursday.

Coun Paul Mason, of Monkseaton North, said: “As someone who is a regular visitor to Hillheads and attended three Wembley finals with family and friends, I think this award is richly deserved.

“The records broken and attained during this magnificent run are indeed exceptional, but it must be said that the lift it gave the people of the town is immeasurable.”

Seahorses chairman Paul McIlduff said everyone at the club was very proud of the award and thanked the council for its continued support.

Manager Ian Chandler said: “I feel really honoured that the club has been granted the freedom of the borough.

“It’s great that the council have done this, and we hope we can make the town proud of us this year as well.”

Freedom of the borough is the highest honour the council can bestow on an organisation.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The motion to award Whitley Bay FC with the freedom of the borough was approved unanimously by members.

“Now the council will liaise with the club to discuss arrangements to award the honour on a date convenient to them.”