Freedom for Sir David Attenborough
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities
The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has been offered the freedom of a London borough.
Richmond, which Sir David has named his favourite place in the world, is to bestow the "highest honour it can award" on the broadcaster.
It was decided unanimously by Richmond Council that the local resident should be offered the accolade in recognition of his dedicated work to natural history, film making and his contribution to many local charities and organisations.
The 87-year-old will receive the award at a special ceremony at York House, Twickenham next week.
When asked last year, Sir David said that his home borough was his top destination "by a long way" and that he preferred Richmond because the "climate is right" and there’s "good music".
Cllr Lord True, the council's leader, said: “Sir David Attenborough is enormously respected and liked, not only in this borough but across the country. For a man who has crawled through dung heaps, climbed mountains and explored our seas, to say Richmond is the best place to live is an honour for all of us. I do, of course, agree.
“I am pleased we will have a special meeting to accord this honour. It will be an opportunity for all members to come together and celebrate the contribution of one of our most famous residents.”