Hawkins, Alfred Anderson "Andy"

Leader of the Council from 1971–84. Councillor and Alderman for nearly 40 years. His opposition to racism led him to a wide range of positive action: this included helping the establishment of the Lewisham Way Centre and the reconstruction of the Pagnell Street Centre, developing anti-racist training for Council staff and acting as the first co-Chair of the Equal Opportunities Working Party (the predecessor of the Race Relations Committee).

The Council recognised: 'The distinguished role he has played in the development of the borough and of his service to local government in Lewisham.'

Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham [1956 - 1957] and granted the Freedom of the London Borough of Lewisham [30 Mar 1990]

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