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Presentation of City Freedom to Viscount Wakefield of Hythe

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  • Recording of the ceremony for the Honorary Freedom of the City of London conferred upon Viscount Wakefield of Hythe, on 23rd July 1935. Guests at the ceremony included the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Earl of Lucan, the Portuguese Ambassador, and Mr J. Ramsay McDonald MP

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    The Honorary Freedom of the City of London was conferred upon Viscount Wakefield of Hythe on July 23rd, 1935. The ceremony took place in Guildhall and, following the usual course, was technically a Meeting of the Court of Common Council over which the Lord Mayor (Sir Stephen Killik) presided. The Town Clerk (Mr. A.T. Roach) read the order of the Council, which in the following terms:-

    "Killik, Mayor. A Common Council holden in the Chamber of the Guildhall of the City of London, on Thursday, the 2nd day of May, 1935. Resolved unanimously: That the Honorary Freedom of the City, in a suitable gold box, be presented to Colonel and Alderman the Right Honourable Viscount Wakefield, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in testimony of the esteem and admiration of this Court, and in recognition of his Lordship's sympathetic and practical support and encouragement of young and chivalrous endeavour in the spheres of science and sport, and also of his large-hearted charity towards the young and needy, and his devotion of wealth, time, and influence to the alleviation of human suffering."

    Lord Wakefield was then invited to sign the Roll of Fame, and the Chamberlain (Sir Adrian Pollock) stepped forward.

    The Chamberlain in his eloquent speech referred to Lord Wakefield's continuous indulgence in what Goldsmith called "the luxury of doing good". Not only did he make princely gifts but he acted the precept that "the best portion of a good man's life" was "unremembered acts of kindness and of love." The Chamberlain referred to Lord Wakefield's inspiring cheerfulness and to this public benefactions within and without the City, and in conclusion said :-

    "Lord Wakefield, it is now my duty, as it is a very pleasure, to greet you as an Honorary Citizen of no Mean City, and once again to offer you the Right Hand fo Fellowship. The Lord Mayor and members of the Corporation have unanimously voted this casket, and have requested me to beg your acceptance of it in the hope that it will be for you an enduring symbol of their abiding admiration, gratitude, and affection."

    Subsequently, Lord and Lady Wakefield were entertained to Luncheon at the Mansion House by the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, where Lord Wakefield's health was proposed by the Lord Mayor, and other speakers were Mr. J. Ramsay MacDonald, M.P, Lord President of the Council, and Lord Rochester.
Extent: 1 x 78 rpm record
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Classification: CITY OF LONDON
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
Format Type: sound recording
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