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Freedom of Belfast for Van Morrison

1 of 1 Morrison - Presented with a special scroll and gold ceremonial key
Morrison - Presented with a special scroll and gold ceremonial key

Singer Van Morrison was made a Freeman of his native city Belfast on Friday night.

A specially invited audience of over 2,000, including his mother Violet, gave him a standing ovation as the presentation was jointly made by the current Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir of Sinn Féin and last year's first citizen, Gavin Robinson of the DUP, at the Waterfront Hall.

Councillor Ó Muilleoir said of Morrison: "He united us in the past, he's united us tonight and he will unite us in the future.

"This represents our love, respect and gratitude for Van Morrison from the 'dark side of the street to the bright side of the road'."

The singer was presented with a special scroll and gold ceremonial key just before his opening set.

His daughter Shana was among his backing group on the stage.

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