Anthony Yianni recieved Freeman of the City of London for services to the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers.
Acknowledgment for the hard work, success and training, motivating and mentoring trainees in their noble craft of Bricklaying.
He recieved the Award at Guildhall in City of London from the Warden of the court.
Anthony Yianni is a UK Cypriot Born in Royal Free Liverpol Rd 1962 the Son of Sotitis Yianni, from Tripimeni and Margaret Yianni from Lymbia.
Tony is the Eldest of four brothers and is married to Jane Yianni have four children Francesca, Anthony,Sophie and Amelia and a grandaughter Eleni.
Anthony is the owner of Winchmore Brickwork Ltd the oldest bricklaying company in London employing over 300 men.
Anthony has a Winchmore Brickwork training school and spends half his week in Enfield schools doing motivationsl speaking and mentoring to bring local youths into construction.
Freeman of the City of London is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, is believed to have been first presented in 1237. The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term ‘freedom’ of the City.
From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the Square Mile.
A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure that the goods and services provided would be of the highest possible standards.
In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or those with a strong London connection.