THE Freemen of Altrincham welcomed two more to their ranks at the Hilary Assize of Altrincham Court Leet at the Cresta Court Hotel on Saturday, January 20.

The Deputy Baron Steward, Alderman Mark Rae and the Provost, Burgess Peter Garde led proceedings.

Appropriately, one of the new Freemen was Joyce Hiett from Timperley.

In 1972 she, and her late husband, Bill, helped to restart Altrincham Court Leet and Bill became the Provost.

“It was new and people wondered what we were doing,” said Joyce, 84.

“I think the Court Leet is a good organisation because Altrincham needs people who do things.”

Between 1971 and 1972, the then Councillor Bill Hiett became Mayor of Altrincham.

Aged 38 and 37, they became the youngest Mayor and Mayoress in the Borough.

Richard Green, 62, from Bowdon, has been a self-employed Management Consultant for 27 years, after an accountancy career with KPMG.

That job took him to the Solomon Islands where he met his wife, Kym, followed by a year in Sydney, Australia.

He was Head of Finance at the BBC before starting his own business.

Although he has held voluntary positions with Bowdon Squash Club, his main interests are education and working with young people.

He’s a director of Altrincham Grammar School Development Ltd which raises money for buildings in the Boys School.

He’s also on the Board of the Hamblin Education Trust, a multi academy trust which oversees both Altrincham Boys Grammar School and North Cestrian Grammar School.

He helped with 4th Bowdon Cub Scouts and Broadheath Central Junior Football Team.

Richard said: “I’m honoured to receive this award.”

Following the example of royalty, the Court Leet devised their own “By appointment to ….” award.

Alderman Denise Laver, Guardian of the Silver Lion, presented Daniel and Sally Germain from the Mouse House Print Shop in Hale with a certificate for services to printing.