25 November 2013
NOBEL Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is awarded the Freedom of the City of London today (Monday) at the Mansion House. In a private ceremony involving the entire 125 elected Members of City of London Corporation, as well as family, friends and Court members of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, the 82-year-old South African human rights activist and religious leader is invited to join the ranks of leading world figures such as Florence Nightingale and Nelson Mandela.
A key role in the event is played by Canterbury businesswoman Sally Muggeridge , Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors. Sally is a member of General Synod, Churchwarden of St Andrew's Tilmanstone and a Licensed Reader. Sally has known the Archbishop since she was 13. She said: ‘When I first met Desmond Tutu he was just a priest and family friend who encouraged me in my religious faith. He’s always inspired me – as he has so many others – by his warmth and humanity – all carried off with humility and humour. The depth of his courageous and compassion are immense.’
The Honorary Freedom is the highest honour the City can bestow and the other recipients have been: Pitt the Younger, Nelson, Wellington, Baden Powell, Churchill, Helmut Kohl and Princess Diana.
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The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach. See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details.