<< List of Honorary Freemen

Jimmy Carter
Thirty-ninth President of the United States of America
"In recognition of his eminent services for the furtherance of friendship between nations and on the occasion of his historic visit to the city."

Captain, Officers and Ship's Company of the H.M.S. "Newcastle"
"In recognition of the long association of ships of Her Majesty's Royal Navy bearing the name of the City, the names of the Captain, Officers and Ship's Company of H.M.S."Newcastle" be placed on the Roll of Honorary Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne; that the Council confer upon the Captain, Officers and Ship's Company the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the City on all ceremonial occasions with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying."

In the year of the 900th Anniversary of the City

His Eminence Basil Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding achievements."
Professor Sir John Walton T.D., M.D., D.Sc.,F.R.C.P.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding achievements."
Colonel George Brown O.B.E., T.D., D.L.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding achievements."
Jackie Milburn
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding achievements."
Councillor Henry Russell, M.B., B.S., D.P.H., B.Hy.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding public service rendered to the city."
County Councillor Arthur Grey, C.B.E.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding public service rendered to the city."
Councillor Mrs. Margaret Collins, J.P.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding public service rendered to the city."
Councillor Thomas Watson Collins
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding public service rendered to the city."
Councillor William Harding F.C.A.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding public service rendered to the city."

101st (Northumbrian) Field Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)
"In recognition of 120 years' connection with and service to the City; that the Council confers upon the Regiment the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the City on all ceremonial occasions with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing."

Daisy Dorothy Clark, M.B.E.
"In recognition of her eminent and outstanding achievement in raising over £1million for the Charlie Bear Whole Body Scanner Appeal."

David Scott Cowper, F.R.I.C.S.
"In recognition of his eminent and outstanding achievements in twice circumnavigating the world single handed"

201 (Northern) General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps (Volulnteers)
"In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Medical School of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (founded in 1834 as the School of Medicine and Surgery), many of whose officers have been graduates of the School; that the Council confer upon the Unit the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the City on all ceremonial occasions with bands playing."

Royal Naval Reserve (Tyne Division)
"In recognition of 80 years connection with and service to the city; that the Council confers upon the Division the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the city on all ceremonial occasions with bands playing."

Nelson Mandela
"In recognition of his services to the cause of freedom."
(At the time the freedom was conferred upon Nelson Mandela by the City Council he was serving life imprisonment in South Africa. The original Freedom Scroll was received on his behalf by Mr. Ralph Mzamo, a representative of the African National Congress during an A.N.C. Rally in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 4th October 1986. Following Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1991 he was subsequently elected President of South Africa. During a visit to the United Kingdom in 1993 at a joint ceremony in the City Hall, Glasgow, together with other British local authorities who had also conferred the honour upon him, Nelson Mandela was presented with a substitute Freedom Scroll by the then Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, Councillor Mrs. Joan Lamb, on 9th October 1993.)

Andrei Sakharov
"In recognition of his services to the cause of freedom."

Bob Geldof
"In recognition of his eminent and outstanding work in initiating financial and practical measures for Third World famine relief not only by personal effort but by raising national awareness of the severe plight and needs of underdeveloped countries."

The Royal Marines
"In recognition since 1664 of their true and loyal service in which Corps many distinguished men of Newcastle upon Tyne, including Lord Collingwood, have served (and in particular recognising the service to the City of Royal Marines Reserve Tyne); that the Council confers upon the Royal Marines the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the City on all ceremonial occasions with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing."

St. John Ambulance Northumbria
"In recognition of their outstanding service to the local community for over 100 years and their continuing commitment to the provision of voluntary medical care in the future."

Lord Taylor of Gosforth The Lord Chief Justice of England
"In recognition of his eminent and outstanding achievements."

Newcastle United Football Club
"In recognition of over 100 years' sporting achievement in the Football League and FA Cup and European competitions and of the Club's contribution to the reputation of the City and its place in the hearts of Geordies everywhere."

Councillor Sir Jeremy Hugh Beecham, M.A., D.C.L.
"In recognition of eminent and outstanding service rendered to the city for 17 years as leader of the City Council during the period May 1977 to December 1994."

Royal Shakespeare Company
"In recognition of their outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the city and the Region through their association with the Theatre Royal over the last 21 years."

Councillor Theresa Science Russell, O.B.E., D.C.L., J.P.
"In recognition of 50 years eminent and outstanding public service rendered to the city."

To Mark the Start of the New Millennium
"This Council in pursuance of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1977 hereby confers upon those babies born in Newcastle on the 1st day of January 2000 the Honorary Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne."
Harriet Jean Dunlop
Dillan Richard Horsburgh
Nathan Lee Douglas
Lewis John White
Kieran Paul Crump
Jordan Rose Nicholson
Rachel Isobel Somerville

The Rt. Hon. Nicholas Hugh Brown MP
"In recognition of his eminent and outstanding public service as a former Member of Newcastle City Council, former parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and currently as Cabinet Member and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food."

The Rt. Hon. Lord Glenamara CH
"In recognition of his eminent and outstanding public service as former Member of Newcastle City Council, former MP for Newcastle Central Constituency, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Deputy Prime Minister and currently Chancellor of the University of Northumbria at Newcastle."

The Sage Group PLC
"In recognition of their position as the Region's only FTSE 100 company and for their contribution to the economic regeneration of the city."

Alan Shearer
"In recognition of his role as Captain of Newcastle United Football Club and as former Captain of England which have enhanced the reputation of the city."

Jonathan Edwards, CBE
"In recognition of his sporting achievements including winning a gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games which have raised national interest in athletics as well as enhancing the reputation of the city."

Jonny Wilkinson
"In recognition of his sporting achievements and in particular, the key role which he has played in England's Rugby World Cup success in Australia, enhancing the reputation of the city and the country."

Sir Bobby Robson
"In recognition of his long and outstanding career across Europe, his role as an ambassador for the North East and Newcastle, and his contribution to the culture and life of the city."

Miss Joan Silcox MBE
"In recognition of her unstinting support for local charities for more than twenty years, in this the designated Year of the Volunteer."

Lord Harry Woolf
"In recognition of his efforts to promote legal, constitutional and prison reform in his capacity as the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Master of the Rolls."

Mr Harry Shukla MBE
"In recognition of the contribution he has made to many facets of life in the city and the region for over thirty years, particularly in terms of higher education, inter-faith matters and community relations."

Ringtons
"In recognition of their contribution to the economy of the city over the past 100 years."

Northern Rock plc
"In recognition of their contribution, and the contribution of the Northern Rock Foundation, to the business, social and cultural life of the city and region."

King Harald V of Norway
"To mark the 40th anniversary of the official opening of the Civic Centre by his father HM King Olaf V and to recognise and celebrate the close links between Newcastle and Norway over many years."

Greggs PLC
"In recognition of their contribution to the economy of the city and region since the 1930's and their support for charitable causes over the past 20 years."

Aung San Suu Kyi
"In recognition of her longstanding campaign in support of human rights and freedom of speech."

Professor Peter Higgs
"In recognition of his work in the field of particle physics and the successful prediction of the existence of a new particle, one that gave everything mass - the Higgs boson particle."

Brendan Foster CBE
"To honour a local hero who continues to champion Newcastle's interests and supports many charitable causes through his entrepreneurial spirit and sporting endeavours."

Sir Terry Farrell CBE
"In recognition of his work an eminent British architect and urban designer who is widely considered to be the UK's leading architect planner."

Sir Leonard Fenwick CBE
"To honour his leadership in producing services excellence and building positive relationships with the public, partners and healthcare staff."

Olivia Grant OBE
"To honour the dedication of a local woman who is an inspirational advocate for Newcastle and has enriched the city by helping people to prosper."

Professor Chris Brink
"In recognition of his service to the university and the city and his twin legacies of civic engagement and scientific excellence in Newcastle upon Tyne."

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6 January 2017
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