Freeman right returns

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SUDBURY has been given back the right to install and create freemen of the town.

The right was taken away in 1974 when Sudbury lost borough status, but Babergh District Council has agreed that its town counterpart will once again be able to install and create freemen – an honour which gives a person the freedom of the town.

At a recent meeting, district councillors resolved that Sudbury Town Council should be delegated the power under the Local Government Act 1972 relating to the admission of freemen of Sudbury and the maintenance of records.

Sudbury Town Council clerk Sue Brotherwood said: “There have always been freemen in Sudbury but the right to install and or create freemen was taken away in 1974 when we lost borough status.

“We at the town council felt that the ceremony was losing its importance and asked if we could have the power delegated back to ensure the ceremony is retained in the civic fashion of yesteryear and that the mayor of the day carries out these duties.”