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David Balls

Company: Butchers

Position: Freeman

Admitted: 9 May 2022

David, now 74, first sat as a Justice of the Peace in Durham City in 1988 and was at one time deputy chairman. He left the bench in 2018 with extensive experience in adult, youth, family and licensing courts.

He attended Wolsingham Grammar School and started working life as an apprentice electrician with what was then the North Eastern Electricity Board on Framwellgate Waterside, retiring on medical advice after 40 years.

He and his wife Kathleen, who married in 1970, both come from the west of the county and now live on the northern outskirts of Durham City. Among their shared interests was service with the Royal Observer Corps, headquartered in the city. When the ROC was wound up in 1991 David was a senior NCO, having completed 21 years. He remains chairman of the corps’ 23 Group Association which meets on a monthly basis.

In his retirement he has chaired the Fire Brigade Standards Committee and has undertaken similar roles with the county council and the police authority, as well membership of the county’s education appeals committee.

David lists his interests as travel and cooking and applied to become a freemen when a colleague pointed out his city apprenticeship qualified him for membership.

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Patrick Conway  OBE
Patrick Conway OBE
Chair of Trustees
John Booth
John Booth
Chairman of the Wardens and Barbers' Company Warden
Kathleen Vasey
Kathleen Vasey
Drapers' Company Warden and Secretary to the Freemen
Eric Bulmer
Eric Bulmer
Chairman of the Charitable Trust and Membership Secretary
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