Eastbourne Borough Council can confer the title of Honorary Freeman to "persons of distinction and persons who have in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent service to the Borough."
The title is honorary and does not confer any special rights or privileges on the holder.
Eminent people who have received the award include:
- Mr Henry Allingham, Oldest Surviving Veteran of WW1.
Awarded in 2006.
- Ms Martina Navratilova.
His Grace The Duke of Devonshire:
Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, KG, PC, MC.
The Territorial Army 56th Signal Squadron (V).
Mr Alderman Sydney Morris Caffyn, CBE, Hon D Sc.
The Royal Sussex Regiment (now the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment).
The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH, MP.
You can download the full list of Eastbourne's Honorary Freemen from 1903 to date.