Apprentices get Freemen honour

01/05 Updated: 03/05 11:03

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THESE are the latest former city apprentices to be given the title of Freemen of the City.

Each served an apprenticeship in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s at companies which formed part of the city's traditional industrial base such as Alfred Herbert Ltd, Morris Engines, the Standard Motor Company, the Humber, Armstrong Siddeley and the GEC.

The Freeman title dates back to 1449 when they had the right to graze their animals on the common grounds or common meadows known as Lammas Lands. There were also arable fields known as Michaelmas Lands which formed part of the common grounds.

However, during the 19th Century these areas were enclosed and converted into freehold but the Freemen of Coventry received the main share.

To this day valuable estates are owned by them and income from these estates is used to award pensions to senior Freemen or provide relief for those in need. Money was also made available to early recipients free of interest in order to help them to set up their own business.

Lord Mayor Coun Keiran Mulhall said of the latest recipients: "It is a privilege to bestow this honour on people who have learned their craft through the apprenticeship scheme.

"It is a mark of recognition for their dedication and skill, and I wish them all the best in the future."

Freeman of the City:

Geoffrey Bellingham - Machine tool fitter

Roy Bolton - Gentlemen’s hairdresser

David Mark Butcher - Sheet metal worker

Graham Fardon - Metallurgist

Peter William Goult - Motor mechanic

William Griffin - Tool maker and production engineer

Frederick William Ernest Hunt - Sheet metal worker

Arthur David Ives - Electrical engineer

Bruce Phillip Mitchell - Plumber

Malcolm Prestwich - Maintenance engineer

Michael George Priest - Colliery welder

Graham George Shaw - Gentlemen’s hairdresser

Kenneth Stokes - Carpenter

Gary Leslie Sumner - Machine tool fitter

Roger Frank Tinsley - Aeronautical and automobile engineer

David Titman - Plumber

Brian Robert William Wathen - Radio tester and fault finder

David Winkless - Electrician

Paul Gueron Wright - Solicitor

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