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Old Basing man given Freedom of London
AN OLD Basing Army Captain has received one of the country’s oldest honours.
Former Bishop Challoner student Sean Olohan has been given the Freedom of the City of London.
The 49-year-old was selected for the honour for his role in arranging the mounted procession of the Inns of Court & City Yeomanry at the Lord Mayor’s Show – the oldest civic procession in the country – last year.
Mr Olohan, who has served as an Army Captain with Royal Dragoon Guards and toured Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, was awarded the Freedom of the City by Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Office Murray Craig, watched by proud dad John and mum Pat.
At the City of London Corporation’s headquarters, the ceremony took place in the aptly named Basinghall Suite Delighted dad John said: “I was very proud of him. It is a great award really for someone from Old Basing to receive.
“There were two very proud parents in that room.
“What topped it was the fact he had it awarded in Basinghall.”
Pat added: “I was really pleased for him. The Army is Sean and Sean is the Army.”
The Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest ceremonies in the UK and dates back to 1237.
Previous recipients of the honour include Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench.
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