'Freedom Of Durham' Campaign
A campaign has started to get Prefab Sprout's very own Paddy McAloon awarded 'Honorary Freedom of the City of Durham.' Here is the email I recieved, explaining the idea and what fans can do to help:
I have started a campaign to try to get Paddy McAloon awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Durham by the City Council. The Leader of the Council, Fraser Reynolds, is from the same village and seems broadly sympathetic to the idea. Paddy himself is happy with this.
I have had some coverage in the local media and I think the next step is for fans to be encouraged to write letters to Fraser along the lines of this one below. Are you able to help?
And here is his example of a letter you could send to the councillor:
Councillor Fraser Reynolds
Leader, City of Durham Council
Town Hall, Market Place
Dear Councillor Reynolds,
I am writing to request that Paddy McAloon be granted the Honorary Freedom of the City of Durham, in recognition of his achievements as one of Britain's greatest ever songwriters.
As well as achieving much success with his own band, Prefab Sprout, Paddy has also had his songs recorded by internationally famous artists including Kylie Minogue, Cher and Jimmy Nail.
As you are aware, Paddy comes from Witton Gilbert and is widely recognised as one of the top songwriters of his generation. It is no exaggeration to say that he is Durham's John Lennon, and I believe that the City should formally recognise his outstanding talent.
(Insert Your Name Here)
And finally, here is the press coverage he referred to, from the 'Durham Times.' You can also email the councellor, here. Looks like you'd better get writing!