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).