Corps Security’s Mark Rogers has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in a moving ceremony which was conducted virtually because of the pandemic.

The Freedom of the City dates back to 1237 and the ceremony, typically conducted by the Clerk to the Chamberlain of the City of London at the Guildhall, includes a declaration to both the Queen and the Lord Mayor of London.

Rogers, who has been Corps’ sales and marketing director since 2014, was given the Freedom of the City as he is a member of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, which includes a thriving facilities management group.

He said: “I am deeply honoured to be granted the Freedom of the City of London and delighted to share the experience with so many of my family and wider FM friends.”

Rogers was presented with The Copy of the Freedom – a parchment document with his name beautifully inscribed by a calligrapher – together with a copy of the ‘Rules for the Conduct of Life’ which date from the mid-18th century.

Rogers follows in famous footsteps. The first virtual Freedom of the City ceremony took place in May 2020 to honour Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £32million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden. Other notable recipients include Nelson Mandela, Woodrow Wilson, Bill Gates and Sir Michael Caine.