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Bob Dylan honour rejected by Haringey council‎

US singer Bob Dylan
Image caption Dylan performed at concerts in Finsbury Park in 1993 and 2004

Bob Dylan has been refused the honour of being awarded the freedom of a London borough for his 70th birthday.

Haringey Trades Council put the veteran singer-songwriter forward, saying it would "mark his longstanding links with Haringey".

It suggested Dylan should receive the honour when he performs at Finsbury Park, Haringey, on Saturday.

The council said the honour was for people who had "made an outstanding contribution to life in the borough".

'Dylan fans'

The singer performed at concerts in Finsbury Park in 1993 and 2004 and has regularly visited his friend, Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, in Haringey over the years.

Dylan, whose hits include Blowin' in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone, celebrated his 70th birthday on 24 May.

Trades council chairman Keith Flett said: "He has a long association with Haringey, and not only would the freedom of the borough recognise that, it would also put the borough on the map for Dylan fans.

"We are calling on councillors to re-think the decision.

"We reckon quite a few are actually Dylan fans themselves."

Haringey has only awarded the freedom of the borough four times since 1965 - including to former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Bill Nicholson.

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