6th February 2017
‘Why I am proud to be a freeman’ by Kelly Eadie
Kelly Eadie, wife of former Norwich City footballer Darren Eadie, was admitted to the Freedom of Norwich in 2014 and says it is an honour to be part of this ancient tradition.
The businesswoman who runs an online store http://homeandglory.co.uk/ was passed the freedom via her father’s side of the family. Her grandmother Rosa, 91, was one of the first women to be admitted when the rules were changed in 2010.
“From childhood I was always aware that my family was part of this special honour that was important in Norwich. However, my grandmother didn’t speak about it much because until 2010 only the men in the family could be admitted,” says Kelly.
Kelly was admitted along with her sister Nikki at a traditional Freemens’ Court at City Hall in February 2014. Their link goes back to their great grandfather William Symonds and his five sons.
“I think it’s wonderful. I love Norwich and I’m born and bred here and I’ve grown up in the area. I am very proud of the city so I do take this as an honour.”
“As a freeman, I feel a sense of belonging to such a fine city. I had lived away from Norwich for a few years and was delighted to eventually come back.”