Merton members to receive highest recognition

Two Councillors with a combined service of nearly 50 years at Merton are to be awarded Honorary Freeman of the Borough. Councillors Joe Abrams OBE who has served 24 years and Danny Connellan with 23 years service will be presented Honorary Freeman of the Borough on Monday 27 March at the Civic Centre.

A champion of equalities, Councillor Joe Abrams came onto the council in 1982, and became Merton’s first black Mayor in 1990. In the same year he received an OBE for service to Race Relations in the Community. Councillor Abrams was involved in the Stephen Lawrence Scrutiny Enquiry that was regarded as landmark practice both in London and nationally.

Joining Merton in 1971, Councillor Danny Connellan, currently Deputy Leader of the Council and a Cabinet Member, is best known for his achievements in town planning. He was instrumental in successfully negotiating the building of the Mosque and the relocation of Tooting and Mitcham Football Club.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Judy Saunders who will be presenting the awards said: “Both Danny and Joe have dedicated the best part of their lives to Merton, working tirelessly to serve the people of the borough. We are proud to recognise them for their commitment and achievements during their combined years of nearly 50 years service as Merton Councillors.”