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 Obituary - Jim Marsden

Obituary - Jim Marsden

6th July 2017

Born in Whinney Hill, Jim moved to Misletoe Street and attended St Margaret’s School then the Durham Johnston School. He spent much of his youth pursuing country pastimes around the family’s brickyard ponds at Tursdale, and in WW2 at age 16 he volunteered for the Royal Observer Corps. Called up in 1945 he served in the UK and Germany as an ordnance disposal expert with the Royal Engineers, then as a Battery Surveyor with the Royal Artillery.​

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Family of Freemen Claim Unique Double

Family of Freemen Claim Unique Double

8th May 2017

A-Level student Jack Elliott became one of the youngest freemen in Britain when he was sworn-in at a ceremony in Durham’s Guildhall ( May 8th). But his notable achievement was tempered by the knowledge that his sister Beth is still believed to claim the honour of being the country’s youngest – beating him to the title by just 16 days.

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Obituary - Haydon Watson

Obituary - Haydon Watson

24th April 2017

Haydon was admitted to the Plumbers’ Company on 8 May 2006 and became a staunch supporter of the Durham City Freemen, regularly attending Guild Days, Members meetings and the Annual Dinner. His engaging personality was evident at these events and he formed many lasting friendships among the members.

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Obituary - John Heslop

Obituary - John Heslop

22nd April 2017

John Heslop was admitted a Durham Freeman to the Curriers Company on 9th February 1987, was appointed Warden of the Company on the resignation of Michael Howarth in December 2001, and Chairman of the Wardens in succession to Alan Atkinson in January 2006.

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Clothworkers' Company of London member to speak at the Annual Dinner

Clothworkers' Company of London member to speak at the Annual Dinner

30th March 2017

Alex Nelson who is an active member of the Clothworker Company, grew up in London and went on to study at University College Durham before embarking upon a career in the transport industry. Initially in Norwich and then moving to the North East to work at Go-Ahead Northern from 1985 to 1994, before leaving to start the Mayfair Group Travel. He now owns Chester-le-Track, a ticketing service and the only independent main line railway station at Chester-le-Street.

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Double Family Celebration

Double Family Celebration

6th February 2017

Three sisters from Durham and two brothers from West Yorkshire have reinforced the strong family ties enjoyed by the city’s growing band of freemen when they were sworn in at the Candlemas Guild Day.

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Apprentice Lands “Dream Job” in Durham's World Famous Castle

Apprentice Lands “Dream Job” in Durham's World Famous Castle

19th December 2016

Apprentice Steven Hay is carving out a new career as a joiner at Durham’s iconic Norman Castle – thanks to a funding package from the city’s freemen. Twenty-nine-year-old Steven beat off stiff competition to win the “chance of a lifetime” – securing a four-year joinery apprenticeship to help with the upkeep of the 11th century fortress.

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