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Freemen of the Borough

The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award the Council can grant and is normally awarded to local people and organisations who have, in the opinion of the Council,  rendered eminent services to the Borough. 

The below video shows our Freemen of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey. 


On 15 January 2019, the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey was conferred upon the then, four-time World Superbike Champion, Dr Jonathan Rea MBE. The prestigious award was bestowed to Jonathan at a public ceremony in the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey. 

Over 200 Jonathan Rea fans as well as family and friends joined the Elected Members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Freemen of the Borough and other invited guests for the momentous occasion. Following the official ceremony, BBC's Stephen Watson talked to Jonthan who shared some of his highlights over the last four years with the audience.