Retired businessman Mr Ian Hick recently became the latest recipient of the honour of Freemanship of Boroughbridge at the annual parish meeting.
The town regained the right to award this high civic honour, which dates back to medieval times, following the local government reorganisation in 1974.
And Ian follows in the footsteps of previous freemen Dr Stanley Hazel, Mr Cliff Wilson and Mr Geoff Craggs.
Early recipients of freedomship enjoyed various privileges including the right to trade and own property, seek protection in their town, and drive sheep or cattle through the streets without hinderance.
To gain the honour, the recipient must have served the community on a voluntary basis for a considerable time.
Among other things Ian has been Mayor of Boroughbridge, school governor, a member of the Chamber of Trade, Boroughbridge Sports Association and Football Club, Boroughbridge and District Community Care, Aldborough Gate Project, Yore Vision, BACLA, Royal British Legion, and the 1322 Committee.