Admitted: 2 Feb 2015
Beth, who lives in Great Lumley, hopes to become a doctor. She fired off her application immediately after her 18th birthday on July 6 last year while still at school and, within four weeks at the freemen’s Lammas (harvest) Guild Day in the town hall on August 4, her “first call” was formally recorded.
She was granted the Freedom after swearing the traditional oath, pledging allegiance to the Queen, the Bishop and the Mayor of Durham.
It is believed that Beth’s installation into the Masons’ Company – where she joins her dad John and granddad Bob – will make her the youngest freeman in mainland Britain.
The Elliott’s connections to the freemen stretch back to at least the early 1800s and Beth’s installation will make her the seventh generation of her family to become a member of the Masons’ Company.
Until last summer she was head girl at Park View School in Chester-le-Street and achieved three top grades in her A levels. She currently works as a first-aider with a private ambulance company while awaiting the outcome of interviews for university medical schools.
In her spare time she plays football for Birtley Ladies, rides horses, and has an interest in power boating and sailing. Her 16-year-old brother Jack is already showing interest in the affairs of the freemen.