ESA astronaut Tim Peake to receive Freedom of the City of Chichester
Chichester City Council will confer the Honorary Freedom of the City upon Timothy Peake CMG at a ceremony at Chichester Festival Theatre on Sunday 25 February 2018 at 2.30pm.
Following the civic ceremony, at which the ESA Astronaut will be presented with the Freedom of the City by the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Evans, Tim Peake will give a presentation on the European Space Agency’s Principia Mission. Afterwards he will take questions from young people in the audience, who will also have an opportunity to greet Mr Peake in the foyer at the end of the afternoon.
Tim Peake was born in Chichester and attended Chichester High School for Boys. The City Council resolved to confer the Freedom of the City upon him in February 2016, during his six-month mission to the International Space Station which lasted from December 2015 to June 2016.
The Freedom of the City is the highest honour the Council can bestow, and is granted - relatively rarely - to ‘persons of distinction and persons who have rendered eminent services to the City’.
In recent years, Chichester City Council has conferred Honorary Freeman status upon the men and women of the West Sussex Fire Brigade (2000), 47th Regiment Royal Artillery (2008), the late Duke of Richmond and Gordon (2008) and The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester (2013).
Tickets will be free (limited to 4 tickets per booker) but booking is essential. Tickets will be available online from Monday 5 February at 10am from cft.org.uk