Fantastic News - Saturday 23rd May 2020:
Thurrock Clergymen receive Freedom of the Borough Award
Three clergymen have been recognised with the council's highest honour, the Freedom of The Borough Award.
Reverend John Guest, Canon Brian O’Shea and Father Paul Dynan have been awarded the prestigious Freedom of the Borough, a rare honour which has only been presented five times in nearly 40 years, for their outstanding contribution to Thurrock.
The tribute comes after Reverend Guest and Canon O’Shea retire from their roles. Sadly Father Dynan passed away very recently but was made aware of the honour by Councillor Martin Kerin shortly before he died.
All three men graciously served across the borough including St Margaret’s Church and Our Lady and St Joseph in Stanford-le-Hope, St Thomas of Canterbury in Grays and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Tilbury.
Thurrock Mayor, Councillor Terry Piccolo, will present the awards to Reverend Guest, Canon O’Shea and the family of the late Father Dynan at a formal ceremony later in the year, with all being sent a letter from the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sue Shinnick, informing them of this recognition.
Councillor Piccolo said: “I am delighted that Reverend Guest, Canon O’Shea and the late Father Dynan have all been recognised for the hard work and dedication that they have put into serving Thurrock and its residents.
“The Freedom of the Borough is an honour held in the highest esteem, and is bestowed to individuals so we can publicly recognise their invaluable contributions to our borough’s civic and pastoral community.
“My heartfelt congratulations to you and your families. I offer my deepest condolences to Father Dynan’s family, friends and all those who knew him. I hope that this recognition of the role he played in our community offers some comfort at this time.”
Deputy Mayor of Thurrock Council, Councillor Sue Shinnick, added: “I also extend my congratulations to Reverend Guest, Canon O’Shea and the late Father Dynan.
“This is a fitting tribute to all three clergymen who have had a notable and lasting impact on the Thurrock residents they have supported over many years. They deserve to be recognised for their efforts and we offer this award as a token of our gratitude.
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