Johnathan Bourne, first Freeman of the Town
On Thursday 29th July 2021, Johnathan Bourne was presented with the Freedom of the Town at a small service in St Bartholomew’s and All Saints Church, Royal Wootton Bassett. The award was presented in recognition and enduring gratitude of his service as Town Clerk for 32 years.
The joyous ceremony began with an opening prayer by the Reverend Canon Jane Curtis, a speech from the Mayor, Councillor Steve Walls which was followed by a fantastic cry by our very own Town Crier Owen Collier who read out the scroll wording.
Johnathan Bourne was presented with a framed copy of the scroll as well as an antique key, symbolising the freedom to enter and leave the town, kindly gifted by Councillor Steve Bucknell.
Guests were treated to music beautifully played by pianist Maximo Lopez, an alumni of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. The service ended with a delicious buffet provided by Delicias Catering.
The Mayor, Councillor Steve Walls said:
” I was very pleased to officiate at this unique event awarding Johnathan Bourne with the freedom of the town. This was a very appropriate award as Johnathan had achieved a great deal for the town during his 32 years as Town Clerk”.
The Town Council would have loved to extended the invitation to all the community, regrettably due to the restrictions still in place for events such as this, the celebration was restricted to invitation only.