Memento of 33 Engineer Regiment’s Freedom of the District event put on permanent display

A LASTING memento of a historic day in the district has been put on permanent display.

In 2009 Uttlesford District Council granted Freedom of the District to 33 Engineer Regiment, based at Carver Barracks. In commemoration of this event, a copy of the Freedom scroll and a gift from the regiment to the council of a meticulously carved cast have been put on display in the atrium at the council’s offices in Saffron Walden.

In order to give the cast the prominence it deserves, a special display case was commissioned from Peter Mingay of Littlebury Restoration Ltd, based in Fairycroft Road, Saffron Walden. Mr Mingay offered to do the work for free.

Cllr Alastair Walters, who was Chairman of the council when the Freedom was granted and Cllr Susan Schneider, the current Chairman, were delighted to accept Mr Mingay’s kind gift and see the finished work erected on Monday.

Cllr Schneider said: “The work is superb and we are very grateful to both 33 Regiment and Mr Mingay.”

Cllr Walters said: “Granting the Freedom of the District to the Regiment was one of the proudest moments of my year as Council Chairman. I am delighted that this lasting memento of the day is now on permanent display.”