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Actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson given freedom of Liverpool

All the staff at Car Hire Liverpool Airport are delighted for the award handed out to one of their local TV stars.

Actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson has been awarded the freedom of Liverpool. He received the freedom of the city at a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall, for recognition of his varied work over the years, fighting for justice, entertaining millions on TV and raising awareness and money for charity.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp, said “The Freedom of the City is the highest honour we can bestow, and Ricky Tomlinson is most definitely a worthy recipient. Not only has he spent many years entertaining the nation in many varied roles, he is an advocate for justice, never afraid to speak out on behalf of others. He is incredibly supportive of many local charities and a fantastic ambassador for this city.”

Ricky said “I’m absolutely chuffed but when I first found out I really thought it was a wind-up. Then I got a discreet call from Mayor Joe Anderson and I was made-up. I’m so lucky.”

In 1996, Ricky teamed up with writer Jimmy McGovern to give a brilliant and moving performance in Hillsborough as John Glover the father of Ian who died in the disaster. Ricky has supported the fight for justice for the 96 victims and their relatives ever since the tragedy on April 15, 1989.

Ricky has starred in films and TV shows and is well known as Bobby Grant in ‘Brookside’ and more recently Jim Royle in ‘The Royle Family’.

He added, “You keep your Oscars and your BAFTAs – those are selected by luvvies, this is from the people of Liverpool, and I love them. This has to be the greatest accolade of my career by a mile.”