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London Marriott Hotel County Hall General Manager given permission to drive her sheep over London Bridge

Theresa Maw has been given the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work in the hospitality industry over three decades. This new honour comes on top of being recognised as a Master Innholder.
Master Innholders is an honour dating back to 1473. The Worshipful Company of Innholders is number 32 of the 108 Livery Companies of London. Their origins lie in the mediaeval Guilds which were formed under license of the Crown to regulate their crafts, trades and services within the square mile.

Now, Theresa will be inducted into the Freemen of the City. On Friday 13 September she will be given her Freedom at Guildhall. This will be in the form of a sealed scroll and instructions on how to continue her honourable conduct as a Freeman.

She will be given permission to drive her sheep and cattle across London Bridge, should she choose, and told that if she is ever to be hanged for wrong doing (not that this would apply to Theresa) she will be given a silk rather than hemp rope!

Theresa will be allowed to carry a sword in public, if she feels the desire and the good news, for anyone in the hospitality industry, is that if found by the police to be drunk and incapable (most certainly this would not happen) the police have a duty to put her in a taxi and send her home rather than arresting her. Sounds like a Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

The tradition of giving the Freedom of the City dates back to 1237 and is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence.

Theresa joins an illustrious list of previous Freedom of The City Fraternity including Rudyard Kipling, Robert Peel, Benjamin Disraeli and more recently Stephen Fry.

Speaking of her latest honour she said: “This is going to be such an incredible experience for me. I am delighted to be given the freedom of the city I love. Maybe I will bring some sheep to work next week!!”

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