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Three of the best to be given Freedom of the Borough

Press release   •   Jun 12, 2015 16:21 BST

Three people who have excelled in their field are to be honoured with the Freedom of the Borough of Bury.

They are Lieutenant Colonel Eric Davidson, sports coach Michael Jelley, and community champion Yvonne Moore, who will receive their scrolls and medallions at a special meeting of the full council on Wednesday 24 June.

Honorary Freedom is the highest civic honour that can be bestowed by the council. Among those who have been awarded the honour in recent years are the Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle and the rock group Elbow.

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.) Eric W. Davidson MBE, DL

“In recognition of his outstanding work on behalf of local charities, including the organisation of the annual Poppy Appeal; and in recognition of his role, as a Member of the Board of Directors, in assisting with the concept, development and successful management of the National Museum of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers; and in organising and managing the annual Gallipoli and Remembrance Sunday Ceremonies, where he performs the key role of Parade Marshal.”

  • Michael Joseph Jelley

“In recognitionof his long and outstanding association with Bury Amateur Boxing Club and the positive impact this has had on the lives of young people who have passed through its ranks; and in recognition of the outstanding work undertaken with the Police and Probation services, as well as other agencies and individuals concerned with the welfare of young people, in providing support and mentoring.”

  • Yvonne Moore BEM

“In recognitionof her tireless work on behalf of Bury residents includingthe establishment of a Home Watch Scheme; the founding of the Old Hall Park Residents Association; chairing the Bury Metropolitan Community Twinning Association and promoting positive relations between Bury and its twin towns; and in recognition of her continuing support and fund raising efforts on behalf of local charities.”

Councillor Stella Smith, the Mayor of Bury, said: “All three have a long record of outstanding work in the community. They have been a real asset to Bury and make a big difference to people’s lives, and we are delighted to give them this honour in recognition of their effort and dedication.”

The ceremony will be live streamed by Digital Tree Media, and residents can watch from 7pm at


Press release issued: 12 June 2015.