Former mayor of Diss Glyn Walden offered esteemed title with South Norfolk Council for ‘outstanding contribution’

Diss, Norfolk. Glyn Walden who's stepping down from Diss Town Council after 20 years with 2 of them as Town Mayor ENGANL00120120613150521
Diss, Norfolk. Glyn Walden who's stepping down from Diss Town Council after 20 years with 2 of them as Town Mayor ENGANL00120120613150521

A former mayor of Diss who has made an ‘outstanding contribution to South Norfolk’ has been recommended for another honour next month.

Glyn Walden, a former South Norfolk district councillor, has been recommended to receive the position of honorary alderman for the district.

Mr Walden was offered the title of honorary alderman for Diss in 2012, following 20 years of service to the authority, including two stints as mayor, and was a driving force behind the Corn Hall refurbishment and rejuvenation. He was due to become chairman of South Norfolk Council this year, but suffered three strokes in January, and stood down from the election campaign. Despite a seemingly good recovery, he suffered another stroke at the end of the May.

He is currently at the Beech Stroke Rehab Unit at Bowthorpe for his recovery, and is said to be “delighted” with the honour.

Councillor David Bills, chairman of South Norfolk Council said: “We are proud that on 13 July, we will be recommending to offer Glyn the position of honorary alderman in recognition his outstanding contribution to South Norfolk over the past eight years and for his time serving as vice chairman in 2014/15. Through his work with Active Norfolk he has helped improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“He has also worked tirelessly to promote Diss, not only improving the town as a visitor attraction and shopping destination, but also improving local people’s quality of life. I have worked with Glyn over the past eight years and found him to be a true asset to the council and to Diss. His input on the leisure centre development has been most useful and he will be sorely missed on this committee.”

South Norfolk district councillor for Diss, Graham Minshull, added: “I was happy to propose him for honorary alderman for Diss a couple of years ago when I was mayor for his services to the town, in particular the Corn Hall because without Glyn being involved in the initial setup, steering group, and the Corn Hall Trust, I think the Corn Hall would be a very different place today.

“He has done an awful lot at South Norfolk as well. He really deserves it.”