Home grown and honorary heroes up for 'Citizen of Honour' award.

Liverpool Heroes Honoured

What do a champion conductor, super-club founder, Hollywood director, and a group of dedicated souls who fight for justice all have in common? The answer is Liverpool. And that they’re all under consideration for Citizens of Honour status.

Harry Potter director David Yates; Royal Philharmonic star conductor Vasily Petrenko; the founder of Cream, James Barton; and artist and sculptor Tom Murphy will all be in contention for the honour at a council summit meeting next week.

“These individuals have, and continue to, make a real contribution to Liverpool life…”

Tough competition also comes in the form of The Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Prof Michael Parkinson and the devoted group of people who contributed to the Hillsborough campaigners’ 27-year fight for justice. A list of these campaigners names is currently being compiled with a view to presenting the honour to them in the near future.

The winner will join a stellar line-up of other Liverpool luminaries who have changed the world, including; pioneering transgender campaigner April Ashley, legendary LFC manager Bill Shankly and Everton football historian Dr David France.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “These individuals have, and continue to, make a real contribution to Liverpool life and I am delighted that they have been nominated to receive these civic honours.

“Becoming Citizen of Honour is very special and gives recognition to those who have made a positive difference to the city and to the lives of those that live here.”

North West Film maker David Yates, is best known as the director of the final four films in one of the biggest film franchises of all time, Harry Potter. Last year David Yates returned to Liverpool to film the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Russian Vasily Petrenko has been the principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, and has travelled with them, stunning classical music aficionados across the world. He has already been named an “honorary Scouser”.

James Barton is the man behind one of the biggest and most enduring brands in dance music, founding Liverpool-based super club Cream in 1992. Cream’s home, Nation, on Wolstenholme Square has now gone, but the international Cream brand is still going strong all over the world.

Tom Murphy is a sculptor whose extraordinary work can be seen across Liverpool including the John Lennon statue located at John Lennon Airport; the iconic Bill Shankly memorial at Anfield; a tribute to the Blitz in the grounds of St Nicholas Church and the formidable Bessie Braddock and Ken Dodd at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

The meeting will take place at Liverpool Town Hall on the 9th November. No matter who’s chosen, it’s clear from this list of names, that, whether you hail from Liverpool or not, this city inspires people, helps them find their passion and enables them to use that energy to change the world.

Published: 03/11/2016