Local sports heroes honoured

World snooker champion Stuart Bingham and Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock, both from Basildon, have been awarded the freedom of the borough.

They were given the honour by Basildon mayor Don Morris at the St George’s Suite of the Basildon Centre, St Martin’s Square in April 2016.

Bingham won the World Snooker Championship in 2015 and Whitlock won two bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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