The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award that the council can bestow.
Rarely awarded, it is awarded to local people who have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the Borough.
The award of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities, other than a ceremonial role at civic functions.
The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city.
Associated with the "Freedom of the Borough" is the "Freedom of Entry" which the Council may award to service units which have rendered conspicuous service and which are closely associated with the Borough.
The Freedom of Entry grants the service unit the right, privilege and honour of marching through the streets of Oldham on ceremonial occasions with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying.
|Oldham Borough County||Date Admitted|
|Dame Sarah Anne Lees DBE LLD||9 November 1909|
|Dr. Thomas Fawsitt MBE||26 October 1921|
|Alderman William Schofield JP||3 June 1925|
|Councillor Charles Ward JP||3 June 1925|
|Councillor Marjory Lees||3 October 1934|
|Rt. Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill KG OM CH||2 April 1941|
|Rt. Hon J.R Clynes PC DCL||9 January 1946|
|William E Freeman Esq. JP||9 January 1946|
|Councillor James Bannon JP||13 June 1949|
|Alderman Frank Tweedale JP||13 June 1949|
|Thomas Driver Esq. JP||13 June 1949|
|Alderman John Fletcher Waterhouse||13 June 1949|
|The 41st (Oldham) Royal Tank Regiment TA||3 March 1954|
|Sir William Turner Walton MUS.D||7 December 1960|
|Miss Alice Amelia Kenyon JP||6 January 1965|
|Charles Leslie Hale Esq.||6 November 1968|
|Sir Frank Lord KBE MA JP||3 February 1971|
|Dame Eva Turner DBE MUS.D||7 July 1982|
|Councillor Arnold Tweedale OBE JP||2 December 1987|
|75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)||13 June 1999|
|Honorary Alderman Miss Ellen Brierley MBE BA JP||8 September 2004|
|Norman Kelvin Stoller Esq OBE CStJ DL||16 April 2008|
|Michael Hugh Meacher MP||17 July 2013|
|Nicola White||7 September 2016|