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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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Gift Puts City Workshop at the Cutting Edge

Gift Puts City Workshop at the Cutting Edge

13th December 2016

Leaders of Durham’s freemen have handed an early Christmas present to staff and trainees in specialist workshops in the city - a gesture described as “vital” to securing their financial future.

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Membership Grows By Degrees

Membership Grows By Degrees

14th November 2016

Two academics at opposite ends of their working lives were sworn in as freemen at the Martinmas Guild Day in Durham’s town hall.

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Annual Dinner 2016

Annual Dinner 2016

15th October 2016

The Annual Dinner of the Durham City Freemen was held in the Town Hall on Saturday 15th of October 2016 where 72 Freemen, friends and guests enjoyed an evening in the wonderful setting of the Main Hall

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The Freemen of England and Wales Annual General Meeting York

The Freemen of England and Wales Annual General Meeting York

6th October 2016

The AGM which was held at the Merchant Adventurers Hall on the 15th - 17th September was attended by Eric Bulmer (Warden of the Plumbers’ Company), Bob Elliott (Warden of the Masons’ Company), Kathleen Vasey (Warden of the Butchers' Company), Joe McElwee (Warden of the Cordwainers’ Company and Doris McElwee (Member of the Cordwainers’ Company), representing the Durham City Freemen.

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Obituary - Sydney Davidson

Obituary - Sydney Davidson

3rd September 2016

Sid was admitted to the Cordwainers Company of the Durham City Freemen in May 1992 and regularly attended Guild Days. He was extremely proud of his association with the Freemen and the City of Durham. Sid is survived by Vera whom he married in 1958 and sons Ian and Peter.

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