A POLICY to bestow honours on civic dignitaries has been scrapped by Winsford Town Council.

Members had been asked to set up a working group to consider any nominations for honorary titles such as 'honorary freeman' or 'honorary freewoman'.

But members voted at a council meeting on Monday evening to abolish the practice.

Town Council clerk Mark Bailey said it was a tradition to confer an honour on long serving members or to recognise the work of civic dignitaries.

Newly elected Cllr Nathan Pardoe described the practice of bestowing honours as 'antiquated'.

He suggested members could be recognised at the annual mayor's Oscars.

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Mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones said that the town's Oscars was a ceremony to honour members of the public and the local community, not elected councillors.