Freedom of Preston for community champion

Granting of the Honorary Freedom of the City of Preston Lady Grenfell-Baines at The Council Chamber Preston Town Hall.'Lady Grenfell-Baines signs the Freeman's Roll with The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Preston Councillor Nick Pomfret.'5th February 2015

Granting of the Honorary Freedom of the City of Preston Lady Grenfell-Baines at The Council Chamber Preston Town Hall.'Lady Grenfell-Baines signs the Freeman's Roll with The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Preston Councillor Nick Pomfret.'5th February 2015

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Preston champion Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines has been awarded the freedom of the city in honour of her “outstanding service to the community”.

Family, friends, councillors and civic leaders gathered for the special ceremony, as the “inspirational” woman became the 25th person to be given Honorary Freedom of Preston.

Lady Grenfell-Baines - a Holocaust survivor who escaped the Nazis as a young girl - has served the city as chairman of the Preston Friends of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a trustee of the Harris Charity and as a member of the city’s Twinning Committee.

She organised exchange visits between Czech students and those at her local catering college, and has published two recipe books.

Speaking at yesterday’s ceremony in Preston Town Hall, Coun John Browne listed some of Lady Grenfell-Baines’ achievements.

He said: “It would be remiss of me if I did not mention, perhaps above all, her generosity of spirit. She encouraged us to go the extra mile, she goes the extra mile, and we get to go with her.”

He said he was “truly delighted” that Lady Grenfell-Baines was to be awarded freedom of the city, “in recognition of her outstanding service to the community”.

Coun Eric Fazackerley said: “We now have the opportunity to recognise the work you have done for the city of Preston.”

Coun Pauline Brown added: “You are an inspiration, you bring so much to your adopted country, and I feel your adventures will carry on for many years to come.”

Lady Grenfell-Baines was given a standing ovation by the packed Council Chamber.

She said: “It is a great honour that you, Preston Council, have bestowed on me, and I thank you with all my heart.”