18 people were sworn in as Freemen of the City today by Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Skipper, at a special ceremony.
All Freemen of the City must have all 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 worked for at least five years in the same trade through an initial apprenticeship scheme.
Stanley Suckling, one of the recipients, has worked in his trade as a Development Engineer since 1956 where he started at Armstrong Siddeley Motors. Some of the other trades are Business Administrator, Advanced Plumber, Toolmaker and Automobile Design Engineer.
The Lord Mayor said: “Becoming a Freemen of the City is a special honour and it shows the hard work and dedication that a person has displayed towards their profession. I’m pleased that we are seeing more apprenticeships being offered by companies and organisations around the city, including the City Council, which helps young people into skilled work.”
“I offer my congratulations to all of you, and am grateful to be able to welcome you as Freemen of the City. You truly deserve it.”
On admission to the Freemen’s Admissions Court, the 18 are now also eligible to join the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild if they wish to.
Anyone who wishes to become a Freemen of the City can initially contact the Lord Mayor’s Office at 024 7683 3100