Belfast Telegraph

Van Morrison on way to getting knighthood

Van Morrison is on his way to being knighted after being put forward for the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

Already an OBE, the Belfast-born singer could be Sir Van the Man if the proposal gets the green light from the first and deputy first ministers.

The Astral Weeks singer's name was put forward "for his services to music" by proposers in Northern Ireland.

Last month the singer became Belfast's latest recipient of the Freedom of the City joining the ranks of two Second World War leaders and an Ulster political luminary.

The singer is now on an impressive list including Sir Edward Carson, General Dwight D Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill, by becoming the 79th honorary burgess of Belfast city.

He is the first singer and recording star to have received the Belfast honour among a raft of leading figures from commerce, industry and the arts.

Van Morrison began as the lead singer in R&B band Them in the 1950s, when he lived with his family at Hyndford Street, off the Beersbridge Road.

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