Bromley Council remains committed to honouring Emma Raducanu in the way she most prefers

Published Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Bromley Council’s Leader refutes inaccurate stories circulating that it has ruled out an honour for Emma Raducanu following her incredible success in the US Open.

 “This simply isn’t true as anybody present at the council meeting on Monday, and the minutes of it, will confirm,” said Council Leader, Councillor Colin Smith.

“The council is in contact with Emma’s team to discover precisely what she would personally prefer to see happen as a fitting celebration of her fairy-tale success story in New York.

“We remain very clear, as does her team, that whatever we do for Emma, is for her alone to decide upon and must be something which makes her happy.”

A debate was held at a special meeting of the Full Council on Monday evening (18 October) requested by Labour Councillors who tabled a motion to award the tennis star Freedom of the Borough - the highest honour available to the council.

Cllr Smith continued: “As I said on the night, nothing has been ruled out, but we really do want to make sure that whatever we do meets with the approval of this remarkable young woman and, unlike others, we will continue to follow her team’s instructions to adopt a low-key approach until they tell us otherwise.

“It is clear that both Emma and her team have multiple priorities to juggle at present, which the council doesn’t wish to interfere with or distract from in any way, so it may take some time yet to make sure we get this right.”