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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-12-08

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Sculptor to become Citizen of Honour

AWARD winning painter and sculptor Tom Murphy is to be given Liverpool's highest honour, on Friday, 11 August 2017.  In recognition of his iconic work which adorns areas of the City, along with his contribution to the arts scene, Tom will be added to the:- 'Roll of Citizen of Honour.'  His work includes the iconic Bill Shankly memorial at Liverpool Football Club, the John Lennon statue located at John Lennon Airport, a tribute to the Blitz in the grounds of St Nicholas Church and the life like re-creations of Bessie Braddock and Ken Dodd at Liverpool Lime Street Station. Tom created the City Centre Hillsborough memorial at Old Haymarket, the Liverpool Pals Memorial, at Lime Street, the Liverpool VC Memorial and the Blitz memorial; all of which stand as poignant reminders of key moments in Liverpool's history. He also has a number of works on display throughout the UK and across the world including pieces in the private collections of HRH Queen Elizabeth, at the John Lennon Museum in Tokyo, at the Imperial War Museum in London and in Carmelite Monastery in Scotland.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "Tom is an artist with a reputation for delivering works of the highest quality which are admired by residents and visitors alike. His work dominates a number of key gateways in and out of the City, with his sculptures renowned for their faithful likeness of the subject; not only capturing how they look, but also the spirit of that individual. I am delighted to be presenting Tom with the Citizen of Honour accolade for his incredible contribution to Liverpool's cultural scene and for being a fantastic ambassador for the City."

Tom said-: "It's a real honour to be recognised in this way. I'm fortunate to do something I love; for a City I love. It feels like a real appreciation of the work I've created for Liverpool, and I'm humbled and overwhelmed the City is presenting me with this accolade."

The Citizen of Honour Awards were introduced in 2008 to formally recognise those individuals who have made a significant, exceptional or unique contribution to enriching the image of the City and/or its citizens. To date there are 28 Citizens of Honour including:- Bill Shankly, Liverpool World War 2 veterans, April Ashley, film director David Yates, Dr David France and Lewis Biggs.


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