John Hume is awarded the freedom of his native city of Derry.

The SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party) leader John Hume was awarded the freedom of the city of Derry at a ceremony held at the Guild Hall.

The occasion was attended by members of all the main political parties apart from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who stayed away in protest.

Throughout his long political career, John Hume has received many awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 alongside the then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) David Trimble.. He describes being awarded the freedom of Derry as his own personal achievement.

He was awarded the Freedom of Derry in recognition of his role as one of Ireland’s foremost statesmen.

John Hume told RTÉ News that he was very pleased to be receiving such an award from other Derry men and women.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 May 2000. The reporter is Brendan Wright.