History was made in Lynemouth earlier this month when the parish council conferred the Honorary Freedom of the parish on Coun Gillian Thompson and Sarah (Sadie) Williamson.
The two women have made a significant contribution to the village and they both hold the MBE for services to the community for a range of work.
They each received a Freedom Scroll from Coun Liz Dunn, chairman of the parish council, at a short ceremony in Lynemouth Resource Centre.
The council thought it fitting that Coun Thompson should be the first recipient of this honour.
She has served in many positions and held the offices of councillor and chairman for several periods. Her other contributions to the community include being the manager at Lynemouth Day Centre for many years.
The authority also felt that Mrs Williamson has rendered eminent services to the parish and has contributed to the well-being of her area.
A founder member of Lynemouth Ladies’ Tuesday Club, social secretary for a Darby and Joan club, running a dancing class and still going strong organising a local contribution for the annual shoebox appeal.
The citation on the scrolls includes the following: ‘We the council grant you this highest honour we can bestow for the valuable and eminent services rendered to the community of Lynemouth by you for many years.
‘We loudly applaud your valuable and sterling service whilst thanking you most sincerely.’