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Cricket legend Ben Stokes could be named a Freeman of the Borough

Could Ben Stokes be given the honour of Freeman of Allerdale? Credit: PA

Cricket legend and Cumbrian lad Ben Stokes could be made a Freeman of the Borough.

A meeting will be held between Allerdale councillors to discuss the motion to bestow the honour on the World Cup hero.

Stokes moved from New Zealand to Cockermouth, at the age of 12, when his dad was appointed head coach at Workington Town Rugby Club.

The sportsman is set to go down in history, holding a number of cricketing records and playing a pivotal role in helping England win the World Cup earlier this year.

Councillor Paul Scott put forward the motion:

I would like to propose that Allerdale Borough Council acknowledges the performance of one of its own. Ben Stokes has worked tirelessly in his career and put Cockermouth on the map with his dedication and commitment.

“More so with his performance in the second match of the present Ashes series, Ben secured the third test for England with a workman-like batting performance and again secured player of the match.

“I firmly believe this year belongs to Ben Stokes and his performances will no doubt have inspired a new generation of sporting stars from west Cumbria and beyond.”

– Cllr Paul Scott

A number of people have been made a Freeman of the Borough before including British rally driver Malcolm Wilson and Labour Party politician Lord Campbell-Savours.

The motion will be discussed in a full council meeting next week.

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