Singer Bob Geldof receives the Freedom of the City of London
Singer Bob Geldof received the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his services to music and outstanding contribution to International social justice and peace.
The 62 year-old singer of the Boomtown Rats accepted the award at a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London today.
The first Freedom of the City of London was reportedly presented in 1237, although the reasons for obtaining it have changed over the years.
Nonetheless, the award remains a coveted honour and its scope has expanded to include those outside the British or Commonwealth zones.
Dublin man Bob Geldof is already a freeman of his native city. He received the honour in the capital in 2006 in recognition of his humanitarian activities.
The Live Aid hero has also previously been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,
Earlier this week, the Irish musician revealed that he will travel into space next year in a one-hour commercial space flight with private company Space XC.
Bob has signed up to travel with Space Expedition Corporation next year at a cost of €75,000.
He is one of 100 people who have forked out for a ticket for this commercial space flight. But he will not forget his roots.
“I will wear the tricolour,” he said in an interview with 2FM’s Ryan Tubridy. “There is no question of that. I am not nationalistic but I am proud of being Irish. I will be proud of being the first Irishman to leave the planet.”
The Live Aid organiser said that he won’t be humming the national anthem when he takes off because “I don’t know the words but I will mark the occasion.”