Community stalwarts are made Freemen of Seaford

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Two stalwarts of the community were made Freemen of Seaford for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to the well being of the town.

Laurie Holland and Don Mabey were recognised at a special service at St Leonard’s Church on Sunday September 30, followed by a procession.

They were the first honorary freemen of the town to be selected by Seaford Town Council, which decided to introduce the new award.

Don, 91, who moved to Seaford in 1986 from Surrey, said: “I’m very honoured and very, very proud.”

Laurie added: “I’m greatly honoured to be made an honorary freeman of Seaford. It’s very humbling.”

Don is a keen fundraiser for RAFA charities and has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years. Despite being 91, he remains the president of an astonishing number of groups.

He is the president of the Seahaven RAFA and a founder member and honorary president of the Royal Society of St George Seahaven Branch.

In his spare time Don still enjoys his golfing and is a regular player and president of Seaford Head Golf Club, as well as maintaining his membership at a course in Surrey.

Laurie, also known as Mr Seaford, has been involved with local government in the town for many years.

This has seen him work as treasurer to Seaford Urban District Council and assistant treasurer to Lewes District Council before his retirement.

He later served as a councillor on both Lewes District Council and Seaford Town Council.

Laurie is also very well known for his voluntary work in the town. He is president of both Seaford Lifeguards and Seaford Museum and Heritage Society, has undertaken key roles with Seaford Baptist Church, Sussex Table Tennis Association and is president of Seaford Stamp Club.

The council plans to create Freemen or Freewomen of the town in special circumstances that meet the criteria of the Honorary Freedom of the Town policy, by awarding to an individual the title of Honorary Freeman (or Freewoman) of Seaford.

This honour will be awarded only on rare and exceptional occasions.

At any one time, a maximum of twelve persons, unless otherwise decided by the council, may hold the title Honorary Freeman (or Freewoman) of Seaford.

From left High Sheriff of East Sussex David Allam, Laurie Holland, Don Mabey, Seaford Town Council leader Ian White, lord lieutenant Peter Field and Seaford mayor Linda Wallraven.