BBC Radio Norfolk's Jill Bennett nominated for Borough honour

BBC Radio Norfolk's Jill Bennett nominated for Borough honour
Jill Bennett in King's Lynn

Jill was one of the founding members of BBC Radio Norfolk and she reported on West Norfolk events for over twenty five years.

At a meeting of the Borough’s Cabinet on Monday evening, it was unanimously agreed that Jill’s service to the area was outstanding and should be recognised.

Jill has been nominated to become an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. She is only the third person in the past 10 years to have the honour bestowed on them.

The award is made in recognition of her service to the borough, which was demonstrated in many ways, including:

  • Her commitment to representing the voices and stories of people in West Norfolk through her reporting for local radio over more than 25 years,
  • Her interest in local history and her writing, including her acclaimed book: A Norfolk Rhapsody, and
  • Her music, which has included organising musical events and playing the fiddle for The King’s Morris.

The award is due to be confirmed at a Borough Council meeting on 17 June and conferred at a special meeting of the Borough Council on 27 June. At this meeting the council will also be appointing five new Aldermen and accepting a specially-commissioned piece of artwork, inspired by the work of young people who took part in a Tudor writing workshop, to celebrate 500 years since the award of an important charter to King’s Lynn in 1524.

Mayor of the Borough, Cllr Paul Bland, said: “I am looking forward to presenting Jill with this well-deserved honour on 27 June, on what should be a very special occasion. We will be delighted to recognise her dedication to the Borough.”

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