Town honours 'fantastic ambassador' Howard Webb

HOWARD Webb will be granted Rotherham’s highest accolade next week

The World Cup final referee will be granted the freedom of the borough for his services to sport and charity.

A special ceremony will be held for the 39-year-old at the Town Hall on Friday.

Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone said: “I have known him for many years and he is an absolutely fantastic ambassador for both Rotherham and sport in general.

“He is at the pinnacle of his game and he certainly put the town on the map when he took charge of last year's World Cup Final between Spain and Holland.”

Howard, a South Yorkshire Police officer, will be presented with an illuminated address bearing the Rotherham coat of arms to commemorate his enrolment.

He will also receive a pendant and will be asked to sign the Roll of Honorary Freemen by the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Rose McNeely.

Dad-of-three Howard was awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s New Year Honours.