TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND IT IS ALSO A SPECIAL DAY AS WE SWEAR IN A NUMBER OF NEW FREEMEN/WOMEN AND AFTERWARDS WE HAVE AN EVENING AT THEATRE SEVERN WATCHING A MAD COW PRODAUCTION. WHAT BETER WAY TO SPEND A BIRTHDAY THAN THAT?
SWEARING IN OF NEW FREEMEN OF THE TOWN
Today we went to the Castle to swear in a number of new Freemen and Women. It is a special time for both them and myself as it is a true honour to be Mayor of Shrewsbury and to carry out this ancient ceremony.
Below is a pictorial of that event I hope that you enjoy the pictures, as a picture is worth a thousand words, and is easyer than reading my blog.
The Gild of Freemen of Shrewsbury exists to protect the Legality of the Freedom; to promote the historical institution of the Freedom and to inform interested parties about the development of medieval Towns.
The Group provides support for the Office of Mayor and charity work is aimed at all interested parties in the Town.
Membership of the Gild is available to all hereditary Freemen of Shrewsbury. Freemen of other towns or cities are eligible to be Associate members.
Eligibility to be sworn is by patrimony, in Shrewsbury (ie. by direct male line) from a male ancestor who, either had been a Freeman (Burgess) of Shrewsbury before the 1835 Reform Act, or had been sworn a Freeman after that date
Please note: Freemen should not be confused with a completely different organisation, the Freemasons – whom the Oxford Dictionary defines as “members of an International Fraternity for mutual help and friendship”.
After the pictures the new Freemen and their families went off to spemd time together over lunch. This will be my last swearing in ceremony before my term as Mayor finishes, so it was also a very special ceremony for the Mayoress and myself.
EVENING AT THEATRE SEVERN TO BE ENTERTAINED BY MAD COW PRODUCTIONS
Tonight we went along to the Walker Theatre at Theatre Seven to watch the Mad Cows Production of the Drowsy Chaperone, as with all Mad Cow productions our entertainment was guaranteed. They always give you value for money and you always leave knowing that you have to attend their next production and the waiting is the hard part.
Mad Cow Productions is a Shropshire based amateur theatrical company set up in 2003 by Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch. Its aim is to create high quality theatre for the people of Shropshire, with high production values and strong performances, at an accessible price.
Please click on the following link to go to the Mad Cow Web-Site. Thank you: http://www.madcowproductions.co.uk/
Their show tonight was fantastic and those words do not really do it justice. It was fun and the time went to quickly. Oh yes and at the start the band played a tune and everyone sang Happy Birthday to me I was as red as these words are, honest I was. But it was a fantastic night well done Mad Cow. See you all soon.
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