A former Mayor who served almost 30 years as a Trafford councillor has been bestowed the prestigious title of Honorary Alderman.
Whit Stennett MBE, was nominated for selection by the borough’s Labour leader, Cllr Andrew Western, who said his colleague had worked tirelessly and passionately for all the residents of Old Trafford.
“I’m extremely proud to have worked alongside, Whit, for more than a decade,” said Cllr Western
“And during that time I saw somebody who was absolutely committed to doing the best for his community.
“I miss him tremendously in the council.
“He is a man with an understated wisdom – very quietly spoken – and was always entirely on the money.
“He taught me a great deal about structural racism and the dynamics surrounding it, but he also taught me about other forms of hatred and bigotry, which he defiantly called-out throughout his life.
“Whit gave a long and distinguished service to the council with a positive approach and a can do attitude.
“I’m therefore delighted to have nominated him to receive the title of Honorary Alderman.”
A special ceremony took place at the town hall on Wednesday where Whit was presented with the badge of honour by Mayor Laurence Walsh.
Whit received the honorary status for outstanding service to the council and the borough, which began in 1993.
He also received an MBE in 1998 for his services to the Afro-Caribbean community in addition to his youth and community work.
In 2003, he became the first black Mayor of Trafford and has been a strong voice for all the residents of Clifford ward.
Cllr Sophie Taylor, also lavished praise on her former ward colleague by describing him as a stalwart of the community who is held in the highest regard by everyone.
She added: “Whit embodies the qualities of a brilliant community leader and public servant.
“And I personally would like to thank him for his friendship, kindness and generosity.
“I have learned so much from him about community relationships, fairness and equality; and he is also a wise and wonderful teacher.
“This is so richly deserved and a fitting accolade for someone who has been an exceptional champion for our borough, regionally, nationally and globally.
“It is an immense privilege and honour to recommend Whit for this prestigious award.”