Westminster City Council has bestowed one of the highest honours in its gift in conferring three former city councillors as Honorary Aldermen for their outstanding service and dedication to the City.
Mr Alan Bradley MA, FIA, Mr Michael Brahams DL and Dr Cyril Nemeth MBE, JP, MA, MRCS, LRCP, MRCGP, were all conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman at the full council meeting on 12 November 2014 and a ceremony to mark the conferral took place on Thursday 5th March.
“With more than 80 years of service combined, they have contributed so much to the work of the Council through their caring personality, wisdom, knowledge and vast experience, between them undertaking the various roles of Cabinet Member and Chairmen of numerous committees as well as having served in the highest office of Lord Mayor themselves,” Cllr Audrey Lewis, Lord Mayor of Westminster City Council said.
“They have served the Council and people of Westminster with enormous dedication and the Council agreed that they each be honoured by the conferring of the title of Honorary Alderman.”
Mr Alan Bradley MA, FIA, who was first elected as a Westminster City Councillor on 4 May 1978 and who retired in May 2014, served as a Councillor for 36 years. He represented the Tachbrook ward since 2002 and prior to that the St George’s ward from 1978 to 2002. He served as Lord Mayor from 1995-1996 and chaired almost all of the City Council’s committees.
Mr Michael Brahams, DL, who was first elected as a Westminster City Councillor on 3 May 1990, retired in May 2014 after 24 years’ service as a Councillor for Bayswater ward. Mr Brahams served as Lord Mayor in 2000-2001 and has served as a Cabinet Member.
Dr Cyril Nemeth MBE, JP, MA, MRCS, LRCP, MRCGP, was elected as a City Councillor on 8 May 1986 and retired in May 2014, serving as a Councillor for Abbey Road ward since 2002 and prior to that Lord’s ward from 1986 to 2002. He served as Lord Mayor in 1992-1993 and has a total of 28 years’ service to Westminster City Council.
The ceremony to mark the conferral of the title took place on Thursday 5 March at which the Lord Mayor, Councillor Audrey Lewis, and the Deputy Leader, Councillor Robert Davis DL made an address and presented each Honorary Alderman with their ceremonial robe and vellum.
The Local Government Act 1972 empowers the City Council to confer the title of Honorary Alderman on persons who have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services as past Members of that Council, but who are not current Councillors.
An Honorary Alderman may attend and take part in such civic ceremonies as the Council may decide. An Honorary Alderman does not have any statutory rights, and cannot sit but can attend Council or Committee meetings.