Coventry has honoured 13 people with the title of Freemen of the City.
The honourable title was awarded to the 13 by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard, at a special ceremony in the Council Chamber on Thursday 13 April.
Councillor Harvard said: “It is a true honour to be a Freeman of Coventry, as it shows that a person has displayed hard work and dedication to their profession. It was a privilege to be able to bestow the title of Freemen on the City on these people who so thoroughly deserve it.”
In order to become a Freemen of the city, the applicants must all have served an apprenticeship (under a formal deed) with a company that is within a 4.5 mile radius of St Mary’s Guildhall, and have all worked for at least five years in the same trade through an apprenticeship scheme. If the apprenticeship was for less than five years, they must have continued to work under the same trade to complete five years’ experience.
Of the 13, one gentleman, Mr Norman Clark, received his title after starting his apprenticeship 60 years ago in 1957.
Speaking after the event, Norman said: “The entire day was quite uplifting. I felt as if I was part of something, and the ceremony was so well organised. It was a most enjoyable day. My son, daughter and my grandchildren were impressed too.”
On admission to the Freemen’s Admissions Court, applicants are also eligible to join the Freemen’s Guild if they wish to.
Anyone wishing to join the Freemen of the City can initially contact the Lord Mayor’s Office at 024 7683 3100