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The first woman to earn city’s freedom

YOUR report (January 21) that Amanda Cottrell is the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Canterbury is incorrect. The first woman to receive what is the Honorary Freedom of the City of Canterbury was, in fact, Alderman Mrs Evelyn Mary Hews. The ceremony took place on November 9, 1967. A list of all the Freemen is displayed on a board in the Guildhall. Mrs Hews was Mayor of Canterbury from 1946-49 — a difficult time. Her husband, Gabriel, was editor of the Kentish Gazette. He was succeeded by their son, Rodney, and he was followed, in 1970, by yours truly.

Alan Bensted,
Canterbury

Herne Bay Times, February 4th 2015

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