• Short Summary

    This afternoon, at his private residence in Hyde Park Gate, Sir Winston Churchill, who celebrate his 83rd birthday on Saturday, accepted his 36th Freedom of a municipality, when at a simple and informal ceremony he received the Freedom of the Borough of Margate from the Resort's Centenary Year Mayor (Alderman John G.

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    This afternoon, at his private residence in Hyde Park Gate, Sir Winston Churchill, who celebrate his 83rd birthday on Saturday, accepted his 36th Freedom of a municipality, when at a simple and informal ceremony he received the Freedom of the Borough of Margate from the Resort's Centenary Year Mayor (Alderman John G. Read, C.C., J.P.).

    Over eleven years have elapsed since Sir Winston originally agreed to accept this honour, but due to his many outstanding engagements is has only just been possible for the ceremony to take place.

    In receiving this Freedom, which is "IN RECOGNITION OF HIS INSPIRING LEADERSHIP OF THE PEOPLE, HIS GREAT DEVOTION TO DUTY AND HIS SUCCESSFUL DIRECTION OF THE NATION DURING WORLD WAR 1939-1945", Sir Winston becomes Margate's 15th Honourary Freeman.

    In addition to a Scroll, a Casket made from old oak taken from Margate's bombed Holy Trinity Church, which for years has been a navigational aid for mariners, was presented to Sir Winston by Alderman Read, who was supported by:-
    Alderman H. V. Ward, C.C., a Cinque Ports Baron
    Town Clark, Mr. T. F. Sidnell, LL.B.,
    Honourary Freemen: F. J. Cornford, J.P. and G. B. Farrar, J.P.

    Councillors: R. L. A. Freebairn-Smith, M.A. and W. C. H. Milner.

    FOOTNOTE
    As it is understood Sir Winston still has nearly 30 'Freedoms' outstanding, it may well be that these other towns will wish to follow Margate's example.

    Margate this year is celebrating the Centenary of the Granting of its Chapter of Incorporation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XCNGH7ZUAR7FMW954Y51E0UO
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XCNGH7ZUAR7FMW954Y51E0UO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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