Freedom of London for the Dean of Derry

The Dean of Derry, Very Rev Dr  William Morton, with the Remembrancer of the City of London, Alderman Sir David Wootton.
The Dean of Derry, Very Rev Dr William Morton, with the Remembrancer of the City of London, Alderman Sir David Wootton.

The Dean of Derry, Very Rev Dr William Morton, has had bestowed upon him the Freedom of the City of London.

The ceremony took place on Monday, at the Corporation of London.

Pictured after being awarded teh Freedom of the City of London is the Dean of Derry, Very Rev Dr William Morton, with, from left, the Remembrancer of the City of London, Alderman Sir David Wootton and Rodger Chadwick, Court of Common Council. Photo: Gareth Reilly

Pictured after being awarded teh Freedom of the City of London is the Dean of Derry, Very Rev Dr William Morton, with, from left, the Remembrancer of the City of London, Alderman Sir David Wootton and Rodger Chadwick, Court of Common Council. Photo: Gareth Reilly

Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court, in whose chambers there ceremony was conducted, described the event as ‘high profile’ and one which solidified the historic links between London and Londonderry.

“For the Corporation of London this was a high profile event to solidify the historic link between the City and Ulster through the 403 year old the Honourable the Irish Society,” he said.

“The Very Reverend William Morton, the Dean of Derry Cathedral and were awarded the historic freedom of the City of London in the Chamberlain’s Court by Paul Double CVO, the Remembrancer of the City of London.”

The Freedom is hand written by a calligrapher on parchment and the Dean also presented with the Rules for the Conduct of Life. He was nominated by Sir David Wotton, a former Lord Mayor of London and now Governor of the Irish Society and by Roger Chadwick, the Deputy Governor.

At a celebratory lunch afterwards, Rev Dr Morton offered his sincere gratitude to the Governor, the Deputy Governor and all involved for their kindness and for the support they had and continued to show,

“This is a tremendous privilege,” he said.