The chairman of Rotherham United Football Club has been awarded the freedom of the town.
Sheffield-born businessman Tony Stewart was admitted as an honorary freeman, in a ceremony at Rotherham Town Hall yesterday.
During the ceremony the Mayor of Rotherham, Coun John Foden, presented Mr Stewart with an illuminated address bearing the Coat of Arms commemorating his enrolment.
He was also given a pendant and asked to sign the Roll of Honorary Freemen.
A Rotherham council spokesman said Mr Stewart was honoured in recognition of his ‘eminent service’ to football and his ‘long and friendly’ association with the town.
Mr Stewart bought the Championship club in 2008 and has presided over back-to-back promotions since 2012.
He was nominated by the leader of the council, Roger Stone, who said the town was ‘on the up’.
He said: “None of this success would be happening without the innovation, determination and sheer hard work that Tony has put into this club. “I am sure that every Millers fan will join with me in agreeing that Tony has raised this club to an exceptional standard.”
Mr Stewart was born in Sheffield and brought up in High Green.
He began his career as an electrician before setting up his own firm.
He is married with a son.