The Paul McCartney Project

Paul awarded the title of Honorary Freedom of the City of Liverpool

Nov 28, 1984 • Posted in “A day in the life

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From Club Sandwich 35:

Prior to the celebrity screening of “Give My Regards To Broad Street” on 28th November at the Odeon Cinema in Liverpool, Paul collected an award at a municipal ceremony at the Picton Library. He received a gold-framed scroll honouring him as a Freeman of the City. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the library to greet him in the centre of Liverpool, a few minutes walk from the Cavern Club. The ceremony was widely covered by television crews and journalists both from the UK and abroad.

From Liverpool Echo, November 23, 2014:

Hands in his pockets, Paul McCartney walked up to the podium to receive Liverpool’s highest honour.

The Liverpool legend accepted the Freedom of the City award […] in November 1984.

Beatles tunes filled the book-lined room in the Picton Library as the Lord Mayor handed the Freedom scroll to Paul, the only surviving band member to collect his in person.

He said afterwards: “I’d like to think it’s the people of Liverpool giving it to me. If that’s true, it’s the greatest honour.”

Surprisingly, the Beatles only received their awards 14 years after breaking up. Liverpool councillors in their 1960s heyday apparently disliked the band’s celebrity lifestyle. […]

From Liverpool Echo – Paul McCartney arrives in Liverpool, at Speke airport. 28th November 1984.
From Liverpool Echo – Paul McCartney awarded the title of Honorary Freedom of the City of Liverpool, pictured with Linda McCartney, 28th November 1984.

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