Post and Echo awarded Freedom of Liverpool

Two hundred years of newspaper publishing is being celebrated in Liverpool, as the Post and Echo are awarded Freedom of the City.

Liverpool City Council said it was giving the newspapers the city's highest accolade for their contribution to the city and charitable work.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Frank Prendergast, will present the honour at the Post and Echo Building.

Editor Alastair Machray said the papers were "privileged in the extreme".

Councillor Prendergast said: "The Post and Echo are the voice of Liverpool and I'm delighted to admit such valued organisations to the Freedom Roll."

'Force for good'

Mr Machray said: "We are delighted, excited and privileged in the extreme, to be recognised in this way by the city we serve and have been proud to serve for so many years.

"From their earliest days, the Post and the Echo set out to champion this city; to be a force for good, to be campaigners."

Council leader Joe Anderson said: "The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo is part of the fabric of Liverpool.

"They have reported on the good and the bad, the sensational and the extraordinary events for two centuries.

"Along with the Mersey, the Three Graces, the football clubs and the Beatles … the Post and Echo have helped make Liverpool what it is today."

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