The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award that the council can bestow.
It is a power that is rarely used and is normally only awarded to local people who have in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the Borough. The award of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities. The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city.
Associated with the "Freedom of the Borough" is the "Freedom of Entry" which the Council may award to Military Service Units which have rendered conspicuous service and which are closely associated with the Borough. The Freedom of Entry grants the Service Unit the right, privilege and honour of marching through the streets of Telford on ceremonial occasions with "swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying."
Who are the Honorary Freemen of the Borough?
|2002||Mrs Iris Butler||Distinguished public service|
|2002||Mr Richie Woodhall||Distinguished boxing career and considerable achievements|
|2005||Mr Lee Carter||Efforts in establishing AFC Telford in the wake of the collapse and liquidation of Telford United Football Club|
|2008||Mrs Elizabeth Holt||Contribution to the development of Telford and record of public service|
|2009||Mr Peter Gibbons||52 years contribution to public service|
|2011||Mr George Whyle||55 years contribution to public service|
|2012||Corporal Ricky Furgusson||Gallantry in the field|
|2014||Mr Mickey Bushell MBE||Athletic achievement|
|2015||Mr Alan Olver||Tireless and outstanding work in support of the homeless|
|2017||Mr John Alfred David Gill||Long history of volunteer work and longstanding commitment to education|
Freedom of the Borough
|2010||The Rifles||In recognition of the service of generations of local men and women in all branches of the forces and in honour of the Borough’s historic links with the former Kings Own Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) – of which the Rifles is the successor regiment.|