Conferment of Honorary Freedom of the City

Angela Rippon OBE, Father Sam Philpott MBE and former city councillors Jean Nelder and David Stark have been presented with scrolls and civic insignia today confirming their Honorary Freedom of the City.

They were awarded the honour (which is the highest the city can bestow) last year for their services to Plymouth.

The title of Honorary Freeman or Freewoman is awarded to ‘persons of distinction’ who have shown exceptional service or achievement.

It recognises those who have provided ‘eminent services’ to Plymouth and gone the extra mile to enhance the city’s reputation or improve the lives of people less able to help themselves.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Our ambition is to create a ‘fairer Plymouth where everyone does their bit’ and these great ambassadors are shining examples of people who go above and beyond in their work.

“Each has been an inspiration in their field and worked tirelessly to bring about positive change. They have given years of service to Plymouth’s communities and the city as a whole and are all hugely deserving of this honour.”

Only 40 individuals and organisations have been awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Plymouth since 1917.