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Helen Evans is such a lady. She was recently sponsored by the Ward of Walbrook, by Deputy James Thomson and Common Councilman Peter Bennett for the Freedom of the City.

Nothing too unusual in that, except that Helen was one of the 100 women granted the Freedom of the City as part of the celebrations of the Centenary of Female Emancipation.

A “century of women” connected with the City has been honoured with the Freedom – with Walbrook Ward putting forward Helen for her long service to the Community as an Advice and Wellbeing Manager based at Toynbee Hall – www.toynbeehall.org.uk

Helen, originally from South Wales, was delighted to receive the honour. She said, “It’s not often that workers in the community get recognition and I am delighted to receive the Freedom on behalf of all my hardworking colleagues”.