Councillors recommended to bestow highest honour on Paul O’Grady

Since the sad passing of legendary Birkenhead entertainer – and national treasure – Paul O’Grady in March, there have been many calls for Wirral Council to officially honour his legacy.

The council acknowledged at the time that it would be looking at a number of ways to do this and it was the then Council leader, Cllr Janette Williamson, who put forward the motion asking councillors to posthumously bestow the highest honour it has – the Freedom of the Borough.

This motion will be recommended for approval to members of the Regulatory and General Purposes Committee at their next meeting on Wednesday 7 June.

Members of the public can tune into the live stream of this meeting  from 6pm on the council website.

The Freedom of the Borough is just one of the ways Wirral Council is looking to celebrate the achievements of the homegrown star – who first found fame as the self-proclaimed ‘Blonde Bombsite’ Lily Savage.

These are in recognition, not just of the years he spent entertaining people across the country, but also of his dedicated activism and charity work.

Image credit: Wirral Libraries

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