Paralympian Stephen Miller will become an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Gateshead.
As the name suggests, the position is now a ceremonial role, although it originated as a Roman tradition to protect civic security. In Gateshead, unlike in other towns and cities, there are no historic rights or privileges associated with being granted Freedom of the Borough.
Instead, it is considered the highest honour to be among the select group considered to have made a significant contribution to Gateshead - and to be leaving a lasting legacy. Freemen are asked to become ambassadors for the town.
Stephen Miller trained in Gateshead for 15 years and is a lifetime member of the Gateshead Harriers.