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Obituary - Norman Donkin MBE

Obituary - Norman Donkin MBE

30th October 2015

Norman Donkin, who has died aged 96 was born in Gilesgate and moved to Crossgate when he was about 6 years old. He attended the Blue Coat School and excelled in sport, particularly football. He could have made a professional career in football if it had not been for the war, where he served in the 35th Tank Brigade and and was part of the Expeditionary force that was eventually evacuated from Dunkirk. He also saw active service in North Africa where he was besieged at Tobruk and eventually took part in the D-Day landing.

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New Chairman of Trustees

New Chairman of Trustees

23rd October 2015

One of Durham City’s best known and widely respected lawyers has agreed to take on the role of chairman of the freemen’s trustees.

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Retiring Chairman of Wardens

Retiring Chairman of Wardens

15th October 2015

The chairman of the wardens, John Heslop, is stepping down after playing a pivotal role in one of the most successful periods in the freemen’s post World War Two history.

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Annual Dinner 2015

Annual Dinner 2015

8th October 2015

Durham City Freemen held their Annual Dinner on 3 October. There were 60 guests which included local Freemen and their guests as well as others from around the country.

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Two Brothers - One Challenge - The Ride

Two Brothers - One Challenge - The Ride

28th August 2015

On Wednesday 26th August Phillip, 31, and Richard Milbourne, 29, from North Elmham in Norfolk and Freeman of the City of Durham, rode into Upton Park, home of West Ham United, to complete an epic 2,200 mile, thirty-one day challenge of riding to all Premier and Football League grounds in the country.

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Long Standing Ties Reinforced

Long Standing Ties Reinforced

11th August 2015

Grandmother, Helen Gent, reinforced her family’s long-standing ties with the freemen at a unique ceremony, following a working life that has brought her full circle.

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Lady Freeman Rita Brown

Lady Freeman Rita Brown

11th August 2015

A great grandmother, who has given behind-the-scenes support to Durham’s freemen for more than quarter of a century, was honoured today (Monday, August 10th) at a unique ceremony in the city’s town hall.

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Freemen Visit Little Newsham Forge

Freemen Visit Little Newsham Forge

25th June 2015

Little Newsham Forge near Staindrop is over 200 years old but ceased being a 'Smithy' around 1920 and was then utilised by a local farm for a variety of purposes including that of the cowshed.

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Mayor of Durham's Reception

Mayor of Durham's Reception

14th May 2015

The Freemen ladies were invited to the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Durham, Councillor John Robinson's Reception on Thursday, 14th May 2015 in the Town Hall together with Councillors, Justice's of the Peace, Durham City Pointers and friends to celebrate the Mayor's year.

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