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Churchill in Nelson's footsteps
Winston Churchill
Churchill at the Yalta war conference.

The streets of Worcester were heaving with people of the day in 1950 when Winston Churchill was given the freedom of the city.

He followed in the footsteps of many famous men, including Lord Nelson, the first recipient of the honour.

Archive footage from British Pathe News shows Churchill delivering a characteristic speech at the Guildhall.

He thanks the city for the honour, and the crowd respond by singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".

British Pathe News footage of Churchill in Worcester

Winston Churchill
Churchill would be Prime Minister again in 1951

British Pathe News made two newsreel films of Winston Churchill's visit to Worcester, to be given the freedom of the city.

The first shows Churchill, and his wife Clementine, arriving at The Guildhall in Worcester, to be greeted by the Mayor at the time, Mr T S Bennett.

There are huge crowds in the High Street, and Churchill gives his famous V for Victory salute.

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Winston Churchill
Other Freeman include Lord Nelson and Stanley Baldwin

Another film is of the speech Churchill gave to the assembled throng, from a platform outside the Guildhall.

He calls Worcester "a city of long renown" and says he will "always be proud to be a freeman of the city of Worcester."

At the end of his speech the crowd sing "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow".

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Other freemen

The names of the people made Honorary Freemen of the city of Worcester since 1800 are recorded inside the Guildhall.

The first name is that of Lord Nelson, who was given the honour in 1802, three years before his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.

He too was greeted by ecstatic crowds, on a visit Worcester.

Other famous names who have been made Honorary Freemen include:

Sir Robert Peel, in 1827 - famous for creating the first modern Police force, nicknamed 'Bobbies' in his honour.

Sir Edward Elgar, in 1902 - his father had a music shop near The Guildhall in Worcester.

Colonel Hankey, in 1917 - he led the 7th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment, at the Battle of Worcester.

Stanley Baldwin, in 1923 - Bewdley's most famous son, and Prime Minister.

The Mercian Regiment was given the freedom to march in the city, in 2007.




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