Ricky Tomlinson to be awarded Freedom of Liverpool

Ricky Tomlinson and Mayor Joe Anderson

Actor, comedian and campaigner Ricky Tomlinson is to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.

The 74 year-old Brookside, Cracker and Royle Family star is to receive the city’s highest civic honour for his charity and philanthropic work.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I can’t think of many people more deserving than Ricky Tomlinson to receive the Freedom of Liverpool.

“As well as entertaining the nation as a versatile and talented actor, he has raised and donated millions of pounds to good causes and campaigned to raise the profile of hugely important issues ranging from Hillsborough to human rights.

“He embodies the very best attributes of the city – hugely passionate, opinionated and willing to speak up for and defend those who don’t have a voice.

“Despite his incredible success over many years, he has remained absolutely true to his roots and works every day to improve the lives of others in the city.”

Ricky Tomlinson said: “I am pleased as punch at this news. It is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened.

“There can be no better feeling than being honoured by a place that you love to your bones, and I am literally bursting with pride.”

Opposition Leader, Councillor Richard Kemp, said: “Ricky Tomlinson has used his fame to make a real difference to those in need.

“The Freedom of Liverpool is a deserved honour.”

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “The Freedom is the highest honour the city can bestow and Ricky is a very worthy recipient.”

A special ceremony will take place later in the year to present the Freedom scroll to Ricky Tomlinson.