Freedom of Rye for Priscilla

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Priscilla Ryan holding her scroll honouring her with the freedom of Rye and presented by the Mayor, Cllr. Mike Boyd

The public gallery of the Town Hall Council Chamber was full to bursting on Monday, December 17 as a special meeting of the town council was convened to admit Priscilla Ryan as a Freeman of Rye.

Cllr. Pat Hughes proposes the freemanship

Priscilla, despite living in the town for 30 years, during which time she has become a Rye institution, modestly cast doubt on her right to be called a ‘Ryer’, although if that description does not apply to her, who can it apply to?

Priscilla makes her speech of thanks

In proposing her, Councillor Pat Hughes referred to her untiring work in supporting and raising funds for a number of Rye causes including the Bonfire Society and the RNLI. And it is with the RNLI that she is particularly associated, having been a fund raiser for them before coming to live in Rye and working consistently for them ever since.

A worthy addition to the list of Freemen of Rye (and the correct title, we understand, is Freeman and not, in this case, Freewoman).

Image Credits: John Minter.

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