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Former councillor and two time mayor awarded Freedom of the City

A former councillor and mayor who won 15 elections in a row has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Lancaster.

Abbott Bryning

Abbott Bryning

Abbott Bryning was presented with the award, the highest honour Lancaster City Council can bestow on one of its citizens, on Friday (May 19).

The award follows Abbott’s 56 years of continuous service, having first been elected to the council in 1967.

In that time he was mayor twice, served on multiple committees and served a period as leader of the council.

Abbott was asked to swear to the Oath of a Free Citizen and sign the Roll of Honorary Freemen to confirm his new status. At the same meeting, having recently retired as a councillor, he received the honour of also becoming an Honorary Alderman.

Last updated: 19 May 2023

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