We are delighted to announce that both Excelsior’s Vice President John Wylson and the vessel itself have been awarded the Freedom of the Town of Lowestoft!

This is the first time Lowestoft Town Council has awarded the Freedom to an inanimate object (Excelsior, of course, not John!) and we couldn’t be more proud. In fact the Town Council changed their constitution, specially, to enable this award to be made to the iconic, local fishing vessel, which has flown the flag for Lowestoft in such far-away places as St Petersburg and Oporto.

John is as modest as ever: “This means a great deal to me, however we wouldn’t have been able to maintain such an important part of the area’s maritime history without the help and enthusiasm of countless volunteers and supporters over many years. I am delighted and honoured on their behalf to be given the Freedom of the Town”.

Our Trust’s Chairman Jamie Campbell said: “During what has been a very difficult time for everyone connected with Excelsior in the pandemic, this is very welcome news indeed.  John thoroughly deserves this recognition for his devotion and commitment to maintaining the boat which has taken more than 10,000 people to sea during its time as a sail training vessel.  For Excelsior itself to also be awarded this honour in her centenary year is doubly exciting.  There are many volunteers who come from the local area without whom we couldn’t continue to keep Excelsior sailing so this is for them too.”

The official presentation will take place in September. Read more about the Freedom of Lowestoft in the EDP article here