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Daley to become Freeman of the City

11 August 2021
A photo of Tom Daley, who has accepted the title of Honorary Freeman of the City of Plymouth.

Plymouth’s Tom Daley is delighted to accept the title of Honorary Freeman of the City of Plymouth.

Council Leader Nick Kelly made the announcement at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting (Tuesday 10 August) and confirmed a formal decision will be made at a special meeting of the Council on Monday 13 September.

Tom is being formally recognised not only for his amazing achievements in Diving, but also as an ambassador for the city of Plymouth.

Tom has competed in four Olympics, most recently winning Gold in the men's synchronized 10-metre platform event with his partner Matty Lee and Bronze in the Individual 10m platform dive at the 2020 Olympics. He’s a double world champion, a five time European champion and four time Commonwealth champion.

Council Leader Nick Kelly said: “Plymouth has been supporting and cheering Tom on since he burst on to the national stage at just nine years old and we are all hugely proud of everything he has achieved. Tom has achieved so much and I know he will continue inspiring a new generation of young athletes who want to follow in his footsteps. We are looking forward to welcoming him back to the city to receive this award.”

What is a Freeman of the city?

Being awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City is the highest honour the city can bestow.

The title of Honorary Freeman or Freewoman is awarded to ‘persons of distinction’ who have shown exceptional service or achievement. 

It recognises those who have provided ‘eminent services’ to Plymouth and gone the extra mile to enhance the city’s reputation or improve the lives of people less able to help themselves.

Only 44 individuals and organisations have been awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Plymouth since 1917.