The third person to be honoured, although not a member of the Dover Society, Royston Tant still warrants a mention on our Society website.
Royston Tant, better known to many as Bob, was born in Battersea, London. He first came to Dover in 1946 whilst doing his National Service. It was then that he first met his wife to be, Eileen. They married in Dover in 1951 but went to live in London. In 1953 they returned and set up home in Dover.
Bob has worked for the people of Dover for almost 30 years. He was a councillor on Dover District Council, formed in 1974, and was one of the original members when Dover Town Council was formed in 1996. He was the Mayor of Dover in 1982 and again in 1988, the same year he was Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports.
During his time as a councillor he took a great deal of interest in the care and housing problems of the elderly, working closely with the Royal British Legion. At one time employed by the East Kent Road Car Company he was, for many years, a union representative for the Transport and General Workers Union.
He is a trustee of the Roman Painted House, but recently has relinquished his posts as a trustee of the St. Edmund of Abington Trust and of Dover Municipal Charities. He is a man with a wealth of knowledge who has always tried to help others.
His award as a Freeman of Dover is a fitting tribute to Bob.