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Freedom of Belfast for Van Morrison

Lesley-Anne McKeown

Van Morrison is to be granted the Freedom of Belfast.

The 68-year-old singer-songwriter, who was born in the east of the city, is likely to receive the accolade next year.

Belfast City Council is expected to agree the honour – the highest it can bestow – at a meeting next month.

Morrison, affectionately to fans as 'Van the Man', has taken inspiration from his home city for a number of songs on albums which have sold millions worldwide, including Cyprus Avenue and On Hyndford Street.

It is understood the proposal to grant him the Freedom of Belfast has received the full backing of the council but some of the 51 elected representatives have privately expressed concern that he may not turn up to receive the honour.

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