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Sir Tom Courtenay granted Freedom of the City - 03/02/17
Hull born Sir Tom Courtenay has been granted the title of Honorary Freeman of the City of Kingston upon Hull by Full Council.

Sir Tom is an actor who came to prominence in the early 1960s with a succession of films, and since the mid 1960s has been primarily known for his work in the theatre. He received an Academy Award nomination for best actor for the film adaptation of The Dresser (1983) which he performed on the West End and on Broadway. He received a knighthood in 2001 for his service to cinema and theatre.

The title of Honorary Freeman of the City is bestowed to people for their service to the community and is the highest honour that can be given by the Council.

Sir Tom helped raise the profile of the city narrating a Philip Larkin poem for This City Belongs To Everyone - the film for Hull's winning bid to be UK City of Culture 2017.
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Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Councillor Sean Chaytor said:

""Sir Tom is an internationally renowned thespian and Hull is proud of the role he has taken as an ambassador for the city.

""In particular Sir Tom took a key role in helping us obtain the UK City of Culture 2017 title.

""We are proud of those who give credit to this city and Sir Tom has definitely done so.""

Past recipients of the honour include Nelson Mandela, Alderman Sir William Alfred Gelder and Baron John Prescott.

Those with the honour are invited to civic events and a flag will be flown at half mast at the council headquarters upon death.

Sir Tom will receive the title in person at a Full Council meeting later in the year.

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