History was made last Monday (14th December) in North Petherton when Anne Hodges was created the town’s first Honorary Freeman. This is the highest honour that a town council can bestow upon someone, and it was given to Anne in recognition, not only of her distinguished service as a town councillor for 28 years, but also for her work for local charities and the Girl Guides movement.

At the presentation, which took place at Ferrydown House in North Petherton on Monday evening, the Town Mayor, Cllr Alan Bradford, paid tribute to her as a councillor and valued member of the community but, especially, as a friend who could always be relied upon for support and sound advice. His views were echoed by other members of the Council, who thanked Anne for all that she had done for them.

Mrs Hodges responded by saying how pleased she was to receive such an honour, but said that much credit was due particularly to her family, but also to her friends and former colleagues on the Council.