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Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart made honorary freeman

Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart Image copyright PA
Image caption Tony Stewart bought Rotherham United in 2008

The chairman of Rotherham United has been awarded the freedom of the town.

Businessman Tony Stewart was admitted as an honorary freeman, at a ceremony at Rotherham Town Hall.

A Rotherham council spokesman said Mr Stewart was honoured in recognition of his "eminent service" to football and his "long and friendly" association with the town.

Mr Stewart bought the Championship club in 2008 and has presided over back-to-back promotions since 2012.

He was nominated for the honour by the leader of the council, Roger Stone.

Mr Stone said: "I am sure that every Millers fan will join with me in agreeing that Tony has raised this club to an exceptional standard."

There are now 15 Freemen of Rotherham along with the ship's company of HMS Rotherham and The Yorkshire Regiment.

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