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Freedom of the City of London

September 10, 2015

Frank Clarke, Managing Director of Eastbourne-based  Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd was invited to attend Guildhall in ‪London last month with the Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers to receive the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work within the roofing industry.

It’s one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, is believed to have been first presented in 1237.  Recent recipients have included Morgan Freeman, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan and the Archbishop of Westminster.

Frank said “ It was a real honor to receive this award and it was a very exciting and unusual day for me and my family.”

There are a number of rights traditionally associated with freemen—the right to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge; to a silken rope, if hanged; to carry a naked sword in public; or that if the City of London Police finds a freeman drunk and incapable, they will bundle him or her into a taxi and send them home rather than throw them into a cell. While sheep have occasionally been driven over London Bridge on special occasions, the rest of these “privileges” are now effectively symbolic.

Freedom pic of Frank

The photo shows  Murray D Craig – Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court with Frank.