Teenager becomes youngest Durham Freeman member in history

Beth Elliott, with her dad John. Beth is the youngest ever person to be sworn in as a Durham Freeman.
Beth Elliott, with her dad John. Beth is the youngest ever person to be sworn in as a Durham Freeman.
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A STUDENT will make history today as she becomes the youngest to be sworn into a 700-year-old order.

Beth Elliott will become a member of Durham Freeman within its Masons’ Guild.

The 18-year-old, from Great Lumley, follows in the footsteps of dad John, 50, and grandad Bob, 76, with the family’s link with the organisation traced back seven generations to the 1800s.

Beth, who is working as an ambulance care assistant for Emergency Services UK Ltd during her gap year, plans to fulfil her dream to become a doctor.

She sent off her application to become a Freeman as soon as she reached her birthday in July, while still at Park View School in Chester-le-Street.

Today, when her third and final call is expected to meet no objection, she will be granted the Freedom after swearing the traditional oath, pledging allegiance to the Queen, the Bishop and the Mayor of Durham.

Beth said: “My family are really happy that I’ve decided to carry on the tradition. I’m really looking forward to the ceremony.”

Chairmen of the wardens John Heslop said: “We are delighted Beth is maintaining her family’s involvement in the Masons’ Company and are particularly pleased she will be adding to the growing number of young freemen who have been welcomed in recent years.”