Sawbridgeworth Town Council agreed in February this year to make Wally Wright, local historian and President of the Local History Society, their first Honorary Freeman of the town. Unfortunately, it was not possible to present the award to Wally before he died on 1 June.

A framed copy of the scroll was presented to Wally’s sons, Peter and Ivan, by Cllr David Royle (also Chairman of the Local History Society) at the reception at the Hailey Centre following his funeral on 5 July. Tributes were paid to Wally’s contribution to the local history of Sawbridgeworth and Bishop’s Stortford at the service and at the reception afterwards. His lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy, in the form of books, articles and town walks, as well as artefacts in the Bishop’s Stortford Museum, was highlighted.