Bideford Town Council, at their meeting yesterday (1947) decided to offer Mr Inkerman Rogers, author of the newly published ‘Ships and Shipyards of Bideford, Devon’, and Ald F E Whiting, former Mayor, the Honorary Freedom of the Borough.
At the September meeting of the Council, the General Purposes Committee was instructed to consider bestowing upon Mr Rogers some fitting recognition of the Borough’s gratitude for his valued services. At yesterday’s meeting the Committee recommended, and it was approved, that the Council should invite Mr Inkerman Rogers to allow the Council to confer upon him the Honorary Freedom of the Borough ‘as a mark of appreciation of his many antiquarian and other researches in connection with the history of the town’.
At a later meeting the Committee decided to recommend that Ald Frank E Whiting should also be asked to allow the Council to confer upon him the Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his many valued contributions to the life of the Borough.
In the event of their acceptance, it was decided, the necessary arrangements should be referred to a sub-committee consisting of the Mayor, Mr J Lang, Ald H A W Huxham, Ald T Burton and Cllr J H Sharley, with power to deal.
There are only two Honorary Freemen of Bideford left today – Sir Hugh N G Stucley and Ald H A W Huxham. Both are former Mayors.