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Colourful group of freemen from all over the country
7:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
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A select group of men and women honoured with the freedom of their home cities gathered in Oxford this weekend.
The Freemen of the City of Oxford hosted the Freemen of England and Wales’s annual meeting at St Catherine’s College.
In full robes and regalia, the group proceeded from St Catherine’s College on Manor Road via Holywell Street to Balliol College Chapel.
At the chapel, the Very Rev Robert Wilkes, city rector of Oxford, held a service for the freemen.
He said: “There was certainly a lot of coloured robes. I didn’t understand all of their significance.
“I know the Freemen of Oxford quite well. They are a good bunch of people.
“It was a very good atmosphere.”
Oxford Lord Mayor Dee Sinclair formally opened the annual meeting on Saturday, while the freemen took advantage of the Open Doors weekend to see behind the scenes of some of Oxford’s best loved landmarks.
And a civic reception was held at Oxford Town Hall following the procession and service yesterday.
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