The Chief Executive of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council had the Freedom of the City of London bestowed upon him at a ceremony in the Guildhall London.
David Jackson MBE, was nominated by Sir David Wootton, a former Lord Mayor of London and now Governor of the Honourable The Irish Society and by Roger Chadwick, the Deputy Governor.
Mr. Jackson said: “This is a really great honour and, at the same time, given some of the previous recipients, a somewhat humbling experience to accept the Freedom of the City of London. The tribute further reinforces the close relationship between the City of London and the newly formed Borough of the Causeway Coast and Glens.”
The Freedom Parchment, along with the Rules of Conduct of Life, was presented in the Chamberlain’s Court by Paul Double CVO, the Remembrancer of the City of London.
The Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade. Today people are nominated for, or apply for, the Freedom because it offers them a link with the historic city of London and one of its ancient traditions. Many of the so–called traditional privileges associated with the Freedom, such as driving sheep over London Bridge, no longer exist.