At a Special Town Council meeting held on 6 July 2015, it was resolved that the distinction of Honorary Freeman be conferred upon Mr Joseph Metcalfe Swinbank in recognition of the eminent service he has rendered to the Town of Barnard Castle and its local community over a period of many years.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Sandra Moorhouse presented the award to Mr Swinbank on 4 August 2015 at Abbeyfield House, Galgate, Barnard Castle. Following the presentation Mr Swinbank, his guests and the residents of Abbeyfield House all enjoyed an afternoon tea kindly laid on by the Abbeyfield House staff.
Mr Swinbank’s award is only the third presented by the Town Council as the honour is awarded only on rare and exceptional occasions.
View the photo gallery section of our website to see photographs of the award presentation.