Thursday, 17 October 2013

Freedom of the City of London Ceremony (Freeman Roz Morris) Wednesday 16th October

It was a pleasure to attend the Freedom ceremony for Roz Morris at Guildhall at her invitation. It is always good to let the Clerk know if you are planning to take the Freedom of the City of London and would like to invite the Master or members of the Company to attend.  Roz was admitted to the Company as a Freeman in 2007.  The short ceremony was conducted by the Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court, Murray Craig, who is an extremely engaging speaker on the subject of the history of the City of London and the Freedom.  Roz is Managing Director of TV News London and, of course, works in the media world.  After the formalities and welcoming Roz as the youngest Freeman, Murray had no hesitation in showing us all, family and friends, photos of all the media personalities to whom he had granted the Freedom to over recent years. 

Murray also regaled us with many both historical and amusing anecdotes of other Freedoms, illustrated by certificates and pictures galore of the past great and the good! It was excellent to see so many of Roz's family enjoying the ceremony with her, as well as a number of Court members. Naturally we all repaired from the Guildhall for a celebratory toast to Roz's progression.

Freemen of the Worshipful Company of Marketors take note! You join a livery company to become a liveryman, and you must first become a freeman of the City of London to progress to the livery of any company.  Only as a liveryman can you participate fully in the traditional life of the City - with rights to vote for Sheriffs and the Lord Mayor. 

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