Freedom of the Town
Published: 10 May 2022
Knaresborough Town Council is delighted to confirm that at its final meeting of the 2018 Town Council on Monday 25 April, Honorary Freedom of the Town was conferred on Hazel Haas in recognition of the extraordinary contribution she has made to the lives of the people of Knaresborough.
Councillor Christine Willoughby, Knaresborough’s Mayor, commented:
“Hazel is a doer, she works incredibly hard for our community and we are very grateful to her. This award is very well deserved.”
Charlotte Gale from Knaresborough Chamber commented:
"I work closely with Hazel helping to organise the Knaresborough Christmas Market. Her energy and commitment, both in the lead up to the event and on the weekend itself, are an example to all. Hazel gives so much to our beautiful town and the local community and I can't think of a better person to receive this honour'.
Brian Souter from Rotary commented:
We are very proud of our Hazel, who exemplifies the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self’.
Peter Lacey, Chair of Knaresborough Connectors, commented:
Knaresborough Connectors recognise the invaluable work that Hazel undertook from the start of the pandemic to co-ordinate volunteers and keep a cheery face during difficult and stressful times. Her organisational skills and energy when applied to supporting the vaccination centre with local volunteers was equally heroic and we’re delighted that she continues to steer the work of Connectors through her role as a Director. Long may her wisdom and example inspire others!