Honorary Alderman - Salutation on Letters & Introductions
30 April 2018 at 3:16pm
When addressing envelopes I use "Hon. Alderman J. Smith" but my query is what should the salutation on the letter be? "Dear Alderman Smith", "Dear Mr Smith"? Also, in conversation how do I introduce him? I don't seem to be able find an answer in Civic Ceremonial and my Mayor Elect's Consort is one of our Honorary Aldermen. Want to make sure I get it right from the beginning! Many thanks, Elaine
30 April 2018 at 3:29pm
Hello Elaine, the salutation I use is Dear Alderman Smith. There was nothing written in our own protocols but I believe it sounds right. Marsha, Canterbury.
30 April 2018 at 3:38pm
Salutation: Dear Alderman or by name
Envelope: Men: Mr Alderman Beak/ Alderman Sir David Beak/ Alderman The Rt Hon the Lord Beak/Major and Alderman Beak (also correct for women, who may also be styled Mrs or Miss Alderman, followed by her name)
Verbal Address: Men: Alderman, which may be followed by the name, and where applicable, title. Women: Alderman, which may be followed by her name, preceded by Mrs or Miss, or, where applicable, her title
see Local Government - Debrett's website as well for others.
see page 176 and 177 of Paul Millward's Civic Ceremonial
Hope this helps
30 April 2018 at 3:51pm
Many thanks everyone - I think it's just the "Honorary" bit that was throwing me and wasn't sure if it was to be treated differently to an "Alderman". Thanks again, Elaine