Garry gets free­dom of City

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

A FOR­MER Mac­cles­field coun­cil­lor has been awarded the ti­tle of Free­man of the City of Lon­don.

Garry Wykes, 65, who grew up in Mac­cles­field but has lived in Lon­don for 20 years, was nom­i­nated for his ser­vices in pro­mot­ing the cap­i­tal around the world and has joined the ranks of the late Princess Diana, Lord Nel­son and Mar­garet Thatcher.

He said: “It is a cul­mi­na­tion of a life­time’s achieve­ment. My fam­ily were all very proud and I had lots of con­grat­u­la­tions cards. I never re­ally ex­pected to be­come free­man - I just get on with what I’m do­ing re­ally. I was very proud to re­ceive the hon­our.”

Gary grew up on the town’s Hurds­field Es­tate and rep­re­sented the wards of Hurds­field and Tyther­ing­ton in the 1970s and 1980s on Mac­cles­field coun­cil. He moved to Lon­don in 1992 and be­gan work­ing for the Tower of Lon­don in 1997. He started giv­ing lec­tures on Lon­don and its history in 2003 and has since en­ter­tained hun­dreds of groups around the world, trav­el­ling on ships in­clud­ing the RMS Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Vic­to­ria.

It was for this role as an am­bas­sador that he has been recog­nised.

Garry, who is the son of for­mer town mag­is­trate Eric Wykes, who was also trade union leader, moved to Lon­don af­ter work­ing for ICI, now As­traZeneca.

Garry, who still comes back to Mac­cles­field to see sis­ters Heather and Julie, was pre­sented with the award at a cer­e­mony at Lon­don’s Guild­hall at­tended by fam­ily and friends.

●● Cheer­lead­ing cap­tain Beth Bur­rows is to study in Ge­or­gia, USA, af­ter win­ning a univer­sity bur­sary

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