A UNITED Nations lawyer was sworn in as a freeman of a North-East city today (Monday, August 11).

Jane Bulmer, who works on the UN Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, took the oath to join the City of Durham Freemen in a ceremony at St Nicholas’ Church.

She joined the plumbers’ company along with her brother Sean, a London-based lawyer, following in the footsteps of her father, Eric, who is warden of the plumbers’ company.

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The siblings, originally from Brandon, were joined by Una Weightman, a mother-of-two from Belmont, who started her hairdressing apprenticeship half a century ago and joins the barbers’ company.

John Booth, of Ushaw Moor, started his working life as an apprentice decorator and, now retired, is a director of Durham Agency Against Crime.

Londoner Stephanie Milbourne followed in the footsteps of her father and two brothers in joining the drapers’ company and Nicola Marsden, 21, joined the curriers’ company.

The ceremony was overseen by Joe McElwee, warden of the cordwainers’ company, and Councillor Patrick Conway, the Deputy Mayor of Durham.

The Freemen dates back to the 14th century and admitted its first women members in 2012.