Admitted: 14 Nov 2016
Retired teacher Malcolm Pearson, aged 64, reinforced his family’s long standing links to the Plumbers’ Company, while Durham University quantum physics graduate Matt Elliott cemented his ancestral ties with the Masons’ Company.
Mr Pearson had his 91-year-old widowed mother Anne to thank for reviving a family link stretching back into the 19th century.
In November last year Mrs Pearson, a one-time civil servant who lives in Houghton-le-Spring, took the oath of allegiance with the express intention of restoring the rite of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to follow in the footsteps of her own forebears - among them her grandfather, father, and brothers
Although Mr Pearson started his working life at Durham County Hall, he spent 33years of his life teaching geography in Worcester and was assistant head at a large comprehensive when he retired. He continues to live in the west Midlands, and finds time to do some work as an adult tutor, mentoring male psychiatric patients, in a private hospital near his home. But he still considers Durham to be his “home town.”
My three children, two boys and a girl, are now fully grown and hopefully, before too long, they will become freemen themselves to ensure the connection with Durham is maintained in our family.