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Dean of Chichester granted Freedom of the City

The Dean of Chichester received the Freedom of the City at Chichester Cathedral

The Dean of Chichester received the Freedom of the City at Chichester Cathedral

THE dean of Chichester received a high honour in the cathedral today (February 1).

The Very Rev Nicholas Frayling was granted the Freedom of the City - the highest honour Chichester City Council can bestow.

The service began at 2.30pm at Chichester Cathedral, and mayor John Hughes granted the ‘freedom’ to the dean.

“It is a very great honour you have bestowed on me this afternoon and it is difficult for me to express my gratitude,” said the dean.

He said the honour came ‘as a very great surprise’ and spoke of his ‘privileged’ friendship with mayors, councillors and officers at the city council.

The dean will also lead a special farewell Evensong in the cathedral tomorrow (February 2), to mark his retirement at the end of the month.

The service will begin at 3.30pm, and will be followed by a presentation of gifts and refreshments in a marquee on the cathedral’s south-west lawn.

For a full report and picture spread of both events, see Thursday’s Observer (February 6).

 

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