Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Framlingham/Felixstowe: Singing star Ed Sheeran is made a baron of Sealand

06:00 22 December 2012

Ed Sheeran has been made a baron of Sealand

Ed Sheeran has been made a baron of Sealand

IT’S fair to say that it’s been an incredible year for Suffolk’s singing superstar Ed Sheeran.

The 21-year-old from Framlingham has shifted 2.5m albums worldwide, sold out 280 shows and has a string of awards to his name.

But the former Thomas Mills High School student now has one more reason to smile - he has been made a baron.

The title has been bestowed upon him by the principality of Sealand - a former military fort seven-and-a-half miles off Felixstowe in the North Sea.

Posting a message on social networking website Twitter Ed said: “A friend of a friend owns an oil rig that got made into a country legally, and called Sealand, which made him the king of Sealand.

“Which means he can give out titles to people. So he’s given me the title of Baron von Edward Sheeran. I am a Baron. Awesome.”

Paying tribute to all those who have supported him over the last 12 months he posted: “Left home on January the 8th, and now I’m going back for Christmas. What a year. Thank you to my team and fans for being incredible.”

Sealand was founded as a sovereign principality by Roy Bates, also known as Prince Roy of Sealand, who passed away earlier this year.

The fort was initially built by Britain during the Second World War to guard approaches to the Thames Estuary.

Mr Bates established the tiny country after getting involved in the pirate radio movement of the 1960s and setting up Radio Essex on the Knock John forts in the Thames Estuary.

After being prosecuted under the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, Mr Bates moved his family to the Roughs Tower island fort, according to the Sealand website.

On his wife Joan’s birthday, September 2, 1967, Mr Bates declared the fort independent from the UK and bestowed her the title of “princess”.

Since declaring independence, Sealand has issued its own stamps, passports and money. Its official language is English and the Sealand Dollar has a fixed exchange rate of one US dollar, according to the country’s website.

The country has its own red, white and black flag, and a national motto of E Mare Libertas, or “From the Sea, Freedom”.

Its independence was upheld in 1968 when a judge held that Roughs Tower stood in international waters and did not fall under the legal jurisdiction of the UK.

2 comments

  • Bloke who's a decent singer gets a fake title from a fake country. Next story please...

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Baron Awesome? More like Barren Brained if that's the best thing he can find to twitter.

    Report this comment

    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Brewery Tap in Cliff Lane is the only food outlet in Ipswich to receive zero stars out of five following a visit by food hygiene inspectors.

A car has crashed into the side of a building in the centre of Ipswich this afternoon.

A crash has partially blocked the Copdock interchange.

A new project which aims to highlight the importance of reading is proving a page turner in the latest chapter of one Ipswich school’s story, as youngsters and staff alike are encouraged to ‘drop everything and read’.

Motorists in Suffolk and Essex who use Morrisons petrol stations may find the pumps run dry next month if a dispute over a driver’s pay leads to industrial action.

An 80-year-old man with a previously unblemished record has admitted racially aggravated common assault after an argument following an accident.

The funeral of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt who played regular in Ipswich will take place this afternoon following his death on Christmas Eve.

An Ipswich GP practice has been rated “inadequate” by health inspectors after they found patients were at risk of harm due to failures to act on safety assessments.

Staff at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds hailed its first Progress 8 ranking as it topped the Suffolk rankings.

It’s time for a change of manager at Portman Road.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24