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Honorary Freeman accolade for Paul Cowin

Mon, 01 May 2023

The highest honour that Douglas Council can bestow has been awarded posthumously to a figure who devoted almost half a century of his life to the capital.

The Freedom of the Borough was presented to the family of Paul Cowin.

He passed away last December at the age of 66, just a few months after retiring, following 49 years of service with the local authority, the last 24 as Assistant Town Clerk.

Council leader Claire Wells said: ‘Paul was widely respected, providing far-reaching service to Douglas. Staff and councillors alike continue to miss his wise counsel, advice and friendship.

‘It was with profound sadness that he was not able to enjoy a long and healthy retirement with his family which he so deserved after such committed public service.

‘We do take comfort in the fact that, before he passed away, Paul knew this honour was to be officially bestowed upon him and it is one of which he was immensely proud. We share that pride with his family today.’

In being made an Honorary Freeman, Paul’s name is added to a roll of honour which includes Sir Winston Churchill, Norman Wisdom, the Bee Gees and Mark Cavendish.


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