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Freedom of city for Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden received the honour on board a famous Mersey ferry

Sixties chart topper Gerry Marsden MBE has been awarded the freedom of Liverpool after boarding a ferry on the River Mersey.

The former lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers stunned commuters by getting out his guitar to sing his famous hit "Ferry across the Mersey".

He was given the freedom of the city by Lord Mayor Steve Rotherham aboard the Royal Iris ferry.

He said he was proud to be given the award from "fellow Liverpudlians".

"It is a thrill and an honour to be receiving the freedom of the city - and what better way to receive it than on Liverpool's most famous ferry.

"I am delighted to be awarded this honour in the city that I love. Everyone knows that I'm extremely proud of Liverpool and this really is the icing on the cake for me.

"I am especially honoured that the freedom is being awarded by my fellow Liverpudlians for my charity work."

His classic hits also included I Like It and You'll Never Walk Alone, adopted as the anthem of the Liverpool FC Anfield faithful.

The lord mayor added: "Gerry is a fantastic ambassador for Liverpool."

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