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Honorary Freemen of the Borough

The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award that Cheshire West and Chester Council can bestow.

It is a power that is very rarely used and is normally only awarded to local people who have demonstrated a strong and continuing connection with and commitment to the Borough or have made a major contribution to national life and in doing so have enhanced the reputation of the Borough. Those awarded the title will have made a substantial contribution to the Borough in any area of activity, which could include:

  • Artistic and Cultural endeavours
  • Business, Economic growth and prosperity
  • Charitable work
  • Improvement to the built and natural environment
  • Political Activities
  • Religious and spiritual life
  • Sports activities

The award of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities, other than a ceremonial role at civic functions. The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city.

Since 2009 the Council has awarded the title of Honorary Freeman to the below residents:

Recipient Year title awarded
Cioma, Antoni 2022
Colville, Jane 2022
Dandy, Adam 2022
Diggle, Mary 2022
Jones, Tony 2022
Owen, Barbara 2022
Teasdale, Carl 2022
Cliffe, Gary 2020
Clough, Gill 2020
Craven, Cyril 2020
Craven, Jean 2020
Daniels, Patricia 2020
Dennis, Martin 2020
Kenyon, John 2020
Sonlanki- Koli, Dilip 2020
Jackson, AJ 2019
Malam, John 2019
Roberts, David 2019
Wheeler, Tim 2019
Benn, Mrs Kathleen MBE 2015
Currie, Laurie 2015
Miller, Andrew 2015
Morgan, Len 2015
Parkin, Roger 2015
Pickering, Eddie 2015
Russell, Christine 2015
McGregor, Gordon Prof 2012