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Thursday 2 October 2014

Everett awarded freedom of city

Eels frontman Mark Everett was awarded the Freedom of the City of London

Cult music star Mark Everett, the frontman of Eels, has been awarded the freedom of the City of London - four years after he claimed he was mistaken for a terrorist on a previous visit.

He was given the honour at a formal ceremony at the Guildhall, just hours before performing at the Barbican Centre.

Everett - also known as E - achieved top 10 hits in 1997 with Novocaine For The Soul and Susan's House and the 51-year-old has continued to release a series of albums.

The bearded singer, who wore a grey suit and hat to the ceremony, said : "To go from being a suspected terrorist, to having the Freedom of the City is quite amazing. It shows that anything is possible in London. I love this place."

Everett - whose father Hugh was a pioneering quantum physicist - was nominated for his honour by two of the City of London Corporation's senior officers.

Previous musical recipients have included Bob Geldof, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

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