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08 February 2013


Freeman: the Revd Joan Donkin, a Lutheran priest in the Church of Sweden, was sworn in as a freeman of the City of Durham on Monday. Ms Donkin was born in Durham, and followed in the footsteps of her 94-year-old father, Norman, when she was installed as a member of the 400-year-old joiners' guild. Her father is one of only eight gentleman freemen. The rules to allow women to enter the 700-year-old guilds were changed only a year ago. Ms Donkin began work as an arts and worship adviser to a Swedish bishop in 1980. She was later ordained, and for the past ten years has served as a parish priest outside Stockholm. "I went initially for three years, and 33 years later I am still there"

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