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Lenny all smiles as he gets set for borough honour tonight
9:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A SAGA which got Dudley Council into a tiswas over honouring comedian Lenny Henry is set for its finale.
The Dudley-born funnyman will recieve the freedom of the borough tonight (Wednesday October 9) during a ceremony at Dudley Town Hall.
Couincillors finally approved making the TV star a freeman in February after deferring a decision amid concerns it would affect the gravitas of the award - which is usually handed to long serving councilors or the military.
The delay left Lenny waiting for confirmation of the gong but after a working group reported back the accolade was finally agreed.
Councillor David Sparks, leader of Dudley Council, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Lenny back home to receive this well earned honour.
"The council wanted to recognise Lenny’s services to entertainment and also recognise his contribution charity and the Freedom of the Borough is a fitting honour.”
Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley, added: “Lenny has been a star of television for decades and has helped put Dudley on the map. We are looking forward to honouring him for his achievements.”
Lenny Henry CBE said: "I am deeply humbled and honoured to be receiving the freedom of the borough of Dudley. I know in my heart of hearts that if my parents were alive they would be a little bit puzzled but also incredibly proud of this achievement - Thank you very much indeed."
As well as his successful career as a comedian, actor and writer, Lenny was a founder of Comic Relief, which has raised more than £800m for charity.
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