Freedom of the City for Steven Gerrard
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson last week announced that legendary footballer Steven Gerrard is to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
The city’s highest civic honour is to be presented to Steven for his contribution to national and international football and his charity work which helps disadvantaged children across the UK.
The Mayor’s nomination is expected to be formally agreed on Wednesday 18 January at a City Council meeting, with the Freedom ceremony taking place later in the year.
Mayor Anderson said: “The Freedom of Liverpool is a special honour and one which we award only to exceptional individuals.
“Steven has had a fantastic career and is widely regarded as one of the most successful midfielders of his generation. But it’s not just his sporting excellence which has made him the icon he is today.
“Whether you’re a red or blue, I’m sure everyone will agree he is a fantastic ambassador for the city and his charity work has made a huge difference to thousands of young people, particularly disadvantaged children in Liverpool.
“Steven is an inspirational figure for young and old alike and I’m delighted to be able to recommend to council that we make this award for everything he has given to our city.”
Steven Gerrard said: “I was stunned and overwhelmed when I heard my name was being put forward by the Mayor to receive this honour.
“Liverpool is my home city and so to be acknowledged in this way leaves me speechless. To even think about getting such an award makes me feel very humble and of course immensely proud.”
The Freedom ceremonies will take place at future dates following consultation with the nominees.