Judith Phillips, who stepped down after 53 years at the North Wales Weekly News in May, received the honour form Llandudno Town Council for her “exceptional public and voluntary service”.
Judith, pictured left, still writes a column for the NWWN’s sister title the Daily Post and has been described as “Mrs Llandudno” by the town’s mayor Malcolm Bullock.
The conferring of an Honorary Freedom on an individual carries no specific rights and privileges, but invitations are usually extended to attend special civic events.
Said Judith: “I am extremely honoured the town council have decided to award me the Freedom of the Town.
“My family have lived in Llandudno since the 1860s, and have always been passionate about the area.
“They have played a part in Llandudno’s development and civic life, my father was chairman of the chamber of trade and my uncle was the town’s publicity manager for many years.
“I’ve always done my best to promote Llandudno as it’s a wonderful place to live and a fantastic holiday destination.
“I am thrilled about this honour, although I honestly feel there are more deserving people than myself.
“I am very pleased to accept it in the spirit it’s been given.”