The Guild of Freemen of the City of London has been an active supporter of Selsey Lifeboat for over thirty years. In this time they have made substantial donations to the station and on a number of occasions, honoured long serving volunteers by sponsoring them to receive the Freedom of the City of London.
On 4th September seven volunteers :
travelled to London accompanied by their guests, and Colvin Rae, Chairman RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station Branch and John Light, his predecessor as Chairman and a member of the Guild.
The Guild hosted a tour of the Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre before the seven individuals received the Freedom of the City from the Clerk to the Chamberlains Court of the Corporation of the City of London. The Clerk presented each new Freeman with a framed warrant declaring them to be a Freeman. Unfortunately, the original benefits of the Freedom are no longer permitted - the right to carry a drawn sword through the city and the right to drive sheep over London Bridge without paying a toll.
The members of the Court of the Guild of Freeman then entertained the group to lunch in the Guildhall Club before hosting a private tour of the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.
(Article written by Colvin Rae, Branch Chairman, Selsey Lifeboat Station)