Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney Wrexham City offer ‘freedom’


RYAN Reynolds and Rob McElhenney look set to be offered freedom of the town by Wrexham council.

The Council plans to confer ‘Freedom of the City’ status on Hollywood stars for the impact they have had on Wrexham since buying the football club.

The proposal will be presented to the Wrexham Council Board on Tuesday November 8 in recognition of the club’s long and proud history and the impact the two owners have had in helping to promote Wrexham around the world.

If accepted, the recommendation will be submitted for consideration to the full Board in December.

Councilor Mark Pritchard (Ind), Leader of Wrexham Council, said: “Football is the beating heart of our community and there has always been incredible passion and support for the club.

“We have an incredible history here at Wrexham, and a unique character and identity that is winning fans around the world.

The Chef: Rob McElhenney and Ryan ReynoldsRob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds (Picture: N/A)

“These two Hollywood actors have had an incredible impact on both the football club and the community and helped propel Wrexham onto the world stage.

“You couldn’t wish to meet two nicer people – they really are two great guys who put their hearts and souls into this town, and it’s a good time to talk about how we recognize that.”

Councilor David A Bithell (Ind), Deputy Leader of Wrexham Council, added: “Football is in our blood at Wrexham, and the fortunes of the club have always had a huge impact on our community.

“We live in and enjoy very exciting times and I am pleased to have this proposal presented to the Board.

“The owners help us promote Wrexham as a place to visit around the world, and we need to think about how we recognize that.

“Their impact on our community has been phenomenal.”

Although this decision has been discussed across the political spectrum of the council, questions have been raised about its timing.

The authority must decide on the club’s planning application for the proposed new KOP stand next week, the day before the board meeting.

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In a joint statement – Cllr Dana Davies (Labour Group Leader) and Cllr Marc Jones (Plaid Cymru Group Leader) said: “The proposed Freedom of the City civic award for Wrexham AFC and its current owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny is something that has been discussed with the group leaders and the mayor over the past fortnight.

‘This Civic Award is the highest honor the County Borough can bestow and is usually awarded for outstanding service or achievement associated with the County Borough of Wrexham and as such is a a decision for the full council.

“There was an agreement between the parties that this should not be discussed or announced before the Kop Racecourse planning application, which will be debated in committee on Monday 7 November.

“We all felt that it would be inappropriate to announce any proposals regarding the club and its owners in advance, as it could be perceived as having an undue influence on the planning process.

“Unfortunately this agreement between the parties has been broken by the leader of the Council – there is no good reason for this to come before the board. That is for the full council to decide at its next meeting. meeting of December 21. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

The leader of the Conservative group on the council, Cllr Hugh Jones, a member of the executive council as a senior member of Place and Environment, declined to comment at this stage when approached by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.


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