Liverpool actor to get freedom of the city

Ricky Tomlinson Credit: PA

Liverpool actor and campaigner Ricky Tomlinson will be awarded the Freedom of the City today. The star who just celebrated his 75th birthday will be honoured at a special ceremony this evening. Liverpool City Council said the award was to mark his charity and philanthropic work.

Ricky is of course well known for his comedic skills in the Royle Family as well as Brookside, but back in 1973, Tomlinson served 16 months in jail after being accused of violent picketing and intimidating behaviour during a building workers' strike. He was among several men put on trial in Shrewsbury after being charged under the 1875 Conspiracy Act.

He's since been part of the Shrewsbury 24 campaign fighting to quash the convictions.