29th January 2017

Norwich welcomed its 1000th freeman

Thirty-two men and women took part in the ancient ceremony at City Hall, in 2012, to accept the honour passed down through the generations. Similar ceremonies take place every year to admit new freemen.

People have to make a declaration to the lord mayor as part of the ceremony and Wendy Brighton, 50, of Thorpe St Andrew, told the EDP: “I thought it was lovely.

“I am not sure about the declaration about ‘being buxom to the mayor’ but being a lawyer I will look that one up and see what I’ve been declaring!”

Andrew Murton, 52, of Hellesdon also told the newspaper: “I didn’t know what to expect so it’s carrying on the family tradition.

“I’ve got three children and I would like to pass it on to them.”

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