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Lenny Henry to be given the Freedom of Dudley

NOBLE CAUSE: Lenny Henry is a trustee of the Comic Relief charity

LAST WEEK councillors voted to grant comedian Lenny Henry the freedom of his hometown of Dudley, West Midlands, in recognition of his services to charity.

The actor, who is a trustee of the Comic Relief charity and was awarded a CBE in 1999, is one of the few people who is not a councillor or served in the military to receive the freedom of the town.

Speaking about the decision to bestow Henry with the honour, Dudley Council leader David Spark told The Birmingham Post: “The council wanted to recognise Lenny’s services to entertainment and also recognise his outstanding contribution to global fundraising.

“Lenny is a comic who has dealt with racism through his comedy in a sensitive and constructive way and he is undoubtedly truly deserving of this honour.

"We now look forward to welcoming Lenny home later in the year to present him with his Freedom of the Borough scroll."

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