PUBLISHED: 11:35 24 July 2018
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Successful applicants need to either have been apprenticed for seven years to a member of the Guild of Master Craftsman who also holds the title, or have a parent or grandparent with Freeburgess status.
More than 400 Master Craftsman trades and crafts qualify for the title – from traditional occupations, such as cabinet makers, tree surgeons and coffin makers, to modern skills including aluminium fabrication and asbestos removal.
The Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Peter Chillingworth, said: “While Freeburgess status is now simply a ceremonial honour, its continued existence plays an important part in keeping our long history and heritage alive.
“With so many crafts and professions eligible I would urge everyone who qualifies, either through parentage or master craftsmanship, to apply and help continue this ancient tradition which stretches back over 800 years.
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