Mr Music dedicates medal to parents

    Paul Dunton
    Paul Dunton with mayor Cllr David Elliott

    A man given a top Tunbridge Wells honour joked that he thought his summons to the Town Hall meant he was ‘in trouble’.

    Paul Dunton, the person behind the Local & Live music festival, was awarded a civic medallion thanks to a unanimous vote at a Tunbridge Wells Borough Council meeting last Wednesday.

    Council leader David Jukes said he took ‘great pleasure’ in making the recommendation, joking that Mr Dunton was unique for receiving the award ‘under retirement age’.

    Times columnist Mr Dunton, who is known as Mr Music, thanked councillors for their ‘kind words’. The 37-year-old joked that when he was told to attend the meeting, he believed it was because he was ‘in trouble’.

    He said: “I am very grateful to have councillors’ support. I would like to thank my mum, she is an amazing woman. Just before the festival my father John passed away, it was unexpected and very hard on the family. I would like to dedicate this award to my parents.”