The Town Mayor of Barnard Castle, Councillor Sandra Moorhouse, has presented the title of honorary freeman of the town to Mr Parkin Raine. The Town Council has awarded this in recognition of his outstanding contribution to recording life in Teesdale.
The ceremony took place at The Manor House care home where Mr Raine now lives on Sunday 25 October.
Mr Raine has photographed people and places in Teesdale over several decades and also collected photographs and other documents to create a remarkable archive.
Thanks to town councillor and historian Gary Marshall, who nominated Mr Raine for the honour, some of the collection can now be seen worldwide on the Ye Old Teesdale Tales and Picture Facebook group.
Speaking at the presentation, Councillor Moorhouse said: “The Town Council is delighted to be able to recognise the contribution that Parkin has made to Barnard Castle and to Teesdale. He is responsible for documenting and preserving so much about local life. It’s a remarkable resource for us and for generations to come and a testament to a man who has lived a fascinating life.”
Gillian Harrison, Mr Raine’s niece said: “Parkin is chuffed to bits to receive the award.”
Kim Whelan, manager of The Manor House said: “We were thrilled to hold the ceremony at The Manor House. Parkin’s collection is outstanding and his honour is very well deserved.”