Freedom of the city

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the possession of the rights and privileges of a freeman of the city; formerly often, and now occasionally, conferred on one not a resident, as a mark of honorary distinction for public services.

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The "respects" might have been the freedom of the city, or an equestrian statue, when presented in this way, and the aunts would have shuddered could they have foreseen the manner of delivery; but it was vastly impressive to the audience, who concluded that Mirandy Sawyer must be making her way uncommonly fast to mansions in the skies, else what meant this abrupt change of heart?
He was given the freedom of the city of Edinburgh and more than 200 pounds was spent on a great feast in his honor.
Lib Dem opposition spokesman Greg Stone said: "The council still doesn't appear to have a formal process for removal of the Freedom of the City and Aung San Suu Kyi name will seemingly remain on the public roll of honour.
Major General Charles Stickland, Commandant General of the Royal Marines, said: "It is a real privilege for the Royal Marines to be given the Freedom of the City of Birmingham.
Freedom of the City is the highest civic honour a council can give to either a person or a military unit in recognition of their exceptional service.
The Royal Marines receive the Freedom of the City from Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anne Underwood, centre
Councilor Mary Clarkson, who proposed the motion, said Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City because she reflected Oxford's values of tolerance and internationalism, however "the unprecedented step of stripping her of the city's highest honour" was made due to "her inaction in the face of oppression of the minority".
Dublin City Council this month voted to strip her of her freedom of the city which it decided to grant in 2000, but has declined to return Geldof's, despite him making clear he would now be happy to see it returned.
The city was last associated with a Royal Navy ship in 1988, when the newest HMS Coventry was granted Freedom of the City.
The 77-year-old, who was born in the city, said: "To get the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen is a real highlight in my life and something I will never forget.
I also visited the Boys Brigade, another of our youth organisations receiving the Freedom of the City, and joined in with their activities.
The 77-year-old Manchester United legend said: "To have the freedom of the city conferred on me is overwhelming, as you always think these sorts of awards should go to other people.

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