Sir Jeremy Bagge, left, with Sir Richard Jewson holding the certificate granting him Freedom of the Borough.

Retiring Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Sir Richard Jewson, has been granted the Freedom of the Borough of West Norfolk.

The honour was bestowed last Thursday at a reception at Gressenhall, near Dereham. A certificate recognising the honour was presented by Honorary Alderman Sir Jeremy Bagge.

A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said previous freedom recipients had included the Queen Mother and King’s Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards.

The  spokesman said: “The council granted this honour in recognition of the eminent service that Sir Richard has given to the borough and Norfolk.”

Sir Richard is due to retire from the position next month on his 75th birthday having served the county for 15 years. 

Lady Dannatt has been appointed as the new Queen’s representative in the county.

All the councils in the county contributed to a retirement gift of a clock made by Lynn jeweller Tim Clayton.