Freedom of the Borough

Published: Thursday, 7th October 2021

A leading Greenwich historian and an award-winning novelist are among those who have received the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s most prestigious award.

A Special Meeting of Council was held at Woolwich Town Hall on Monday 4 October to appoint the Freemen/Women of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and first ever Alderman/Woman.  

The Freedom of the Borough is awarded to people and organisations who have rendered incredible services and dedication to the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is the highest award that we can give and is an honour bestowed on very few people. 

Cllr Denise Hyland, Mayor of Royal Greenwich said: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening, a very moving evening and one none of us will forget. The personal stories illustrate the journeys people have made which has culminated in their achievements and makes them absolutely outstanding candidates for Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.” 

The following people have been awarded the Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich: 

  • Dr. Kevin Fewster CBE AM, 4 October 2021 
  • Bernardine Evaristo OBE, 4 October 2021 
  • Dr. Barry Gray, 4 October 2021 

The following people have been awarded Alderman and Alderwoman of the Borough:  

Alderwoman of the Borough - Mavis Best, MBE - 4 October 2021  

Alderman of the Borough - Allan MacCarthy - 4 October 2021  

Watch the full Council Special Meeting