Freedom of the City
It is understood that the tradition of conferring Freedom of the City dates back to the early thirteenth century.
This award originally bestowed many special privileges upon the recipients, however in recent times the conferment is purely honorary.
Receiving the Freedom of the City is the highest civic honour that can be awarded to an individual or organisation.
It is granted on behalf of the city in recognition of the recipients’ valuable service and commitment to the community.
Roll of Freemen
|1970||Alderman James Howard OBE, JP|
|1970||Alderman Mrs Sarah Crothers MBE, JP|
|1970||Alderman Arthur Bowman JP|
|1973||Councillor Hugh Gray Bass JP|
|1975||The Lord Grey of Naunton GCMG, GCVO, OBE|
|1990||Professor James Francis Pantridge CBE, MC, MD, FRCP, FACC|
|1990||The Ulster Defence Regiment|
|1997||The Royal British Legion Northern Ireland|
|1998||Dame Mary Elizabeth Peters, DBE, DSC, DipDomSc|
|2001||The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC|
|2003||Dr Samuel Semple MBE., JP., D.Univ., FRSA., MFTCom., MESP|
|2004||Northern Ireland Fire Brigade|
|2006||Northern Ireland Prison Service|
|2007||Northern Ireland Ambulance Service|
|2009||Dr Janet Gray MBE|
|2010||Alderman S A Close OBE|
|2010||Alderman I Davis OBE|
|2010||Mr C B Poots|
|2011||The Royal Irish Regiment|
|2014||Voluntary Uniformed Youth Organisations|
|1984||The Ulster Defence Regiment|
|1992||Ulster Special Constabulary Association|
|1994||Regimental Association of the Ulster Defence Regiment|
|1995||Royal Irish Regiment|
|1996||Royal British Legion|
|1998||204 Field Hospital (Northern Ireland) Royal Army Medical Corps (Volunteers)|
|2000||Royal Ulster Constabulary GC|
|2003||Alderman Peter D Robinson|
|2004||Northern Ireland Prison Service|
|2008||Northern Ireland Housing Executive|
|2013||152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (V) and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers LAD (V)|
|2014||Police Service of Northern Ireland|
|2019||Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE|
|2020||Alderman Jim Dillon MBE, JP|
|2020||Mrs Geraldine Rice MBE|
|2020||Mr Tommy Jeffers|
|2022||Health and Social Care Staff in Northern Ireland|
Conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh on Health and Social Care Staff in Northern Ireland Saturday 21 May 2022
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council conferred the Freedom of the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh upon Health and Social Care (HSC) staff in Northern Ireland on Saturday 21st May.
Hundreds of HSC staff were celebrated at an award ceremony and garden party in Castle Gardens, Lisburn. The event was packed with staff from all aspects of HSC life including nurses, porters, doctors, care home workers, corporate staff, dieticians, mid-wives, pharmacists, social workers and support workers.
Speaking at the event, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin, said: “Northern Ireland is privileged with such a fantastic health service - for all stages of life. It is my honour to recognise and thank everyone involved in health and social care for the enormous contribution to our community. As one team, as a HSC family, they have seen us through what has arguably been one of the most challenging times that any of us will ever face and we cannot thank them enough.
“I hope this award demonstrates just how much the people of Lisburn and Castlereagh appreciate and admire health and social care staff, who continue to work tirelessly to care for the sick and most vulnerable in our society.”
"That Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council does bestow the honour of the Freedom of the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh on Health and Social Care Staff in Northern Ireland in recognition of their valuable service to the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and to Northern Ireland in general, since the formation of Health and Social Care in 1948."
A Certificate of Grant of the Freedom of the City was presented by The Right Worshipful the Mayor Alderman Stephen Martin to Ms Nicki Patterson, Deputy Chief Executive of the South Eastern Trust who accepted the award on behalf of Health and Social Care Staff in Northern Ireland.