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Freedom of city for comedy trio

Scotland the What? [Pic: Press and Journal]
The Scotland the What? trio found worldwide fame

Comedy trio Scotland the What? will receive the freedom of Aberdeen in a ceremony next April, it has been announced.

Lord Provost Peter Stephen said George Donald, Stephen Robertson and Buff Hardie brought a very special brand of local humour to a global audience.

The freedom of the city ceremony will take place on 20 April, including a city centre parade.

Nelson Mandela and Sir Alex Ferguson are among previous recipients.

The trio made their debut as Scotland the What? at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1969.

They were made MBEs for services to entertainment in Scotland in 1995 and on 25 November of that year took their final curtain call after a career that took them around the world.

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