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Luton manager John Still gets freedom of town

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Image caption John Still guided Luton Town to promotion in the 2013-14 season

Luton Town manager John Still has been given the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his efforts in steering the club to promotion.

Still got the Hatters back into the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 season after five years in the Conference.

The council said the club's promotion had "raised the town's morale".

Still said he was "very, very proud" but the honour was for everyone at the club.

"I'm getting it on behalf of the people I work with, the staff here, the players, the supporters - everyone's played their part it what has been a fantastic year," he said.

"I'm very, very proud to receive it but mindful of the fact that I receive it on behalf of lots of people.

"It's recognition of everybody's hard work; what it means on paper isn't that important but what the sentiment behind it means is fantastic."

Still was confirmed as Luton Town manager in February 2013 after nine years at Dagenham & Redbridge, during which time the club achieved promotion to the Football League in 2007 and won the League Two play-offs in 2010.

The Labour politician, Lord McKenzie of Luton, who led the Borough Council until 2003, is also due to receive the honour, along with former Conservative leader Viv Dunnington, who was first elected in 1967.

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