Coventry present Honorary Freeman of the City status to Mr Ratan Tata and Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya at a glittering ceremony for their significant contribution to the economy of Coventry….reports Asian Lite News
Mr Ratan Tata and Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya were honoured with Honorary Freeman of the City status by the Lord Mayor at a formal ceremony today.
Honorary Freedom of the City is the highest award that Coventry can bestow upon a person and only 13 people have been given this award since 1914, with Mo Mowlam being the last person to receive it in 1999.
The Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group which owns Jaguar Land Rover, Mr Ratan Tata GBE, and Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Kt KB CBE, Founder and Chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group, take the Oath of Freemen and sign the Roll of Honour during the ceremony at Coventry Cathedral.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Hammon, said: “Honorary Freeman of the City is a prestigious honour which has been conferred to only a small minority of people. Recognising two people who have helped in the regeneration of the city is a way of celebrating all that is good about the city and its future.”
Earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover reaffirmed its long term commitment to Coventry and the West Midlands with a confirmation of £600 million further investment to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing.