Harold Tillman, former chair of the British Fashion Council, was granted the freedom of the City of London on his birthday this year.
People often say men are hard to buy for when it comes to their birthdays. Usually the most they can look forward to is a new tie or M&S underpants.
In a break from the norm however, former chair of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman was granted the freedom of the City of London on his birthday.
The tradition is believed to date back to 1237 and gives recipients the freedom to practice their trade in the capital.
The honour was bestowed on Tillman in recognition of his services to the fashion and retail industries. It can only be hoped that someone bought him a birthday tie suitable for the occasion.