WATCH: Roger Robinson and Flick Rea made honorary aldermen

A special night in the council chamber for Camden's history makers

Tuesday, 21st June — By Richard Osley

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Flick Rea with Roger Robinson

IT is an honour which is rarely used in Camden, a sacrosanct title which is reserved only for those who have provided exceptional and most extraordinary service to the borough.

So it was in unusual – and at times touching – circumstances that not one but two new honourary aldermen were confirmed in the Town Hall chamber last night (Monday).

Roger Robinson, a former mayor, amassed nearly four decades as a Labour councillor until his retirement in May and was the last link back to the very first sitting of Camden Council more than 50 years ago. He had been there back in 1964.

And Flick Rea – the Liberal Democrat doyenne who Labour could never unseat however great their dominance elsewhere in the borough– had represented Fortune Green for 35 years until stepping down last year.

Roger Robinson’s acceptance speech

Flick Rea’s acceptance speech

As aldermen, they will have their names etched in marble on the civic floor at the Town Hall building in King’s Cross, which is close to the end of a refurbishment project.

Both were back in the temporary chamber at the Crowndale Centre to hear former colleagues shower them with praise at a special council meeting.

Many of the new crop of councillors were not born when Mr Robinson and Ms Rea began their time at the Town Hall.

Officially both nominations required a vote but there was no need to check the numbers, the response was unanimous.

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