When I was made an honorary Freeman of the City of Hull, the most frequently asked question was ‘Do you get to drive sheep across the Humber Bridge?’  The reality is that there are no rights or powers that attach to the position.  It is principally an honour.  However, one is invited to civic events.  One  I make a point of accepting is to the Remembrance Service at the War Memorial in Paragon Square.  This year, like last, was notable for how many people turned out for the occasion.  I joined civic dignitaries, members of the armed forces, the city’s MPs and others to mark the anniversary of the armistice.  The service went without a hitch – last year there was a problem with the sound system – and the trumpeter played brilliantly.  It was a solemn and fitting occasion.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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