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Thursday 22 February 2018

London calling as Geldof gets Freedom of City

Bob Geldof receiving the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony in the Guildhall
Bob Geldof receiving the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony in the Guildhall
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

He famously sang about not liking Mondays but Bob Geldof couldn't help smiling broadly as he received the Freedom of the City of London.

The honour bestowed upon the Dubliner in recognition of his services to music and his charitable work reputedly dates back to 1237.

But medieval privileges linked to the honour, such as herding sheep over the London Bridge, have been removed over the years.

The 62 year-old singer of the Boomtown Rats accepted the award at a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London.

The Live Aid campaigner, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, already holds the honour of the Freedom of Dublin.

Meanwhile, councillors voted to give singer Van Morrison the Freedom of the City of Belfast.

Irish Independent

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