A date for Paul O’Grady to receive Wirral’s highest award for his “exceptional contribution” has been confirmed.
The legendary entertainer, who was born in Tranmere, died suddenly on March 28, prompting a huge outpouring of love and tributes from across the country and beyond.
Now Wirral Council is proposing to give the star, who was also known for his drag persona Lily Savage, the Freedom of the Borough posthumously.
The Regulatory and General Purposes committee have unanimously recommended Mr O’Grady receive the award at a full council meeting on July 10 where all councillors will vote on the proposal. A ceremony with members of Mr O’Grady’s family and invited guests will happen at a later date.
The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award Wirral Council can give and goes to “persons of distinction who have rendered eminent service to the borough.” Previous recipients of the award have included former MP Baron Frank Field of Birkenhead and the Hillsborough 97.
Officer Kris Cureton said, “This is a very significant step for the Council to take. Very few people have been awarded this status and it should only be awarded to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the Borough.”
Since his death, calls have been growing for a permanent tribute to the star such as a statue to be created in Paul’s home town of Birkenhead. Wirral Council said this award is the “first step” in the council’s plans for a “fitting celebration” of the star’s life.
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