The freedom of the city of Canterbury will be awarded to three high-profile figures tonight (Thursday). Amanda Cottrell, Sir Graeme Odgers and Paul Barrett will receive the honour at a ceremony in the Guildhall in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to the life and wellbeing of the city of Canterbury”. They will join the list of freemen of the city, which includes the Prince of Wales, former Archbishops George Carey and Rowan Williams, former envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury Terry Waite and people from other aspects of city life including Tim Brett, Robert Willis, Peter Finnin and Michael Head. Council spokesman Rob Davies said:
“To be awarded the freedom of the city, the recipient needs to be renowned on a county or wider level and ideally have a reputation that enhances the image of the Canterbury district on that wider level. Decisions on who will receive the award are taken by the city council on a cross-party, consensual basis.”
Mrs Cottrell is the former High Sheriff of Kent, the current chairman of Visit Kent and a trustee of Canterbury Cathedral. She is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, a patron of Produced in Kent, county president of the Girl Guides Association and president of the East Kent Stroke Association. Sir Graeme was the founding chairman of the Marlowe Theatre Development Trust and a past chairman of Locate in Kent and the Kent Economic Board. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and holds the Kent Invicta Award. Paul Barrett is the managing director of Barretts of Canterbury, the chairman of C4B and a trustee of Canterbury Cathedral. He is a Kent Ambassador and also represents Canterbury’s economic interests on the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership. The freedom of the city of Canterbury will be awarded at the meeting of the full council in the Guildhall from 7pm tonight.
Herne Bay Gazette, January 15th 2015