Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Penzance

was conferred upon:-

Alderman W. J. Bazeley, MP

Howell Mabbott, Esq., JP

Alderman B. C. Matthews

Alderman George Poole

J. H. Tonking, Esq., JP

five freemen Penzance

The five Freemen of Penzance, 1932

Orch stage Freemen

St John’s Hall Penzance, 19th April 1932

An extract from an essay by Jack Francis of Market Jew Street, aged 10:-

"The ceremony began with excellent music from the orchestra conducted by Mr Walter Barnes, then while we were listening to the music we were startled by a loud ring of a bell and on looking up we saw the Town Crier shouting out that the meeting was going to start."

97 students, from 8 schools in the Borough, submitted essays for a competition in connection with the above ceremony.

One of the essays, by L.W. Ladner from Mousehole, can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Ladner family Page. 

Walter Barnes and some members of the Penzance Orchestral Society played at the Freemen Ceromony in Penzance in 1932.

Walter Barnes Conductor portrait by Stanhope Forbes.

The History of the Penzance Orchestral Society

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