INAUGURATION OF HIS HONOUR TOBY HOOPER QC AS HONORARY FREEMAN OF THE CITY OF HEREFORD
SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016
The conferring of the title Honorary Freeman is the highest honour that the council of a city can bestow. Hereford City Council may admit “persons of distinction and persons who have in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the City”, as Honorary Freeman.
Saturday 14 May 2016 saw the inauguration of His Honour Toby Hooper QC as Honorary Freeman to the City of Hereford.
It was resolved at a meeting of the Council on the 20 October 2015 The City Council in exercise of its powers under Section 249(5) of the Local Government Act 1972 confers the Honorary Freedom of the City of Hereford upon the following person in recognition of the eminent services they have rendered to the City, being the most honourable distinction that is within the power of the City Council to bestow. His Honour Toby Julien Anderson Hooper QC – in recognition of his service as Honorary Recorder to the City of Hereford together with the support and encouragement he gave to the local magistracy and the benefit given to the local people in preserving a proper judicial presence in the City.
(His Honour Toby Hooper QC receiving the sealed and laminated Scroll from the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Charles Nicholls).
The proposer of the resolution Cllr Chris Chappell and the seconder Cllr Jim Kenyon spoke at the meeting before His Honour Toby Hooper QC was read the Freeman’s Charge and took his Oath.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Charles Nicholls, then presented His Honour with a sealed and laminated scroll of the resolution. The Mayor, Cllr Charles Nicholls, said “it was a real privilege to present Toby with this scroll and the distinction of Freeman of the City of Hereford. Toby has been such a faithful and valuable friend of this City”.
Cllr Chris Chappell said “As a distinguished judge on the Hereford & Worcester County Court circuit, and as Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford, Toby Hooper has given great service to the City, offering his legal advice and experience when called upon, to ensure that the City Council administered its responsibilities correctly. Three generations of ‘Hoopers’ have lived in the city and it is fitting that Toby’s contribution should be recognised as a ‘Freeman’ of the City of Hereford”.
(Photographs Courtesy of Derek Foxton)
For further information please contact Tracy Morriss, Civic and Development Officer, Hereford City Council by return email or on 01432260456.