Shirley Bassey, best known for her James Bond theme tunes Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger will be awarded the Freedom of Cardiff at City Hall on Friday next.

Bassey (82), who was born in Tiger Bay and grew up in Splott in Wales has sold more the 135 million records.

"Dame Shirley is undoubtedly one of Wales's greatest exports," said Cardiff council leader Huw Thomas, as reported by the BBC.

Shirley Bassey in 2015

"Recognised as an international superstar, Dame Shirley has remained proud of her Cardiff roots and Welsh heritage."

The freedom award also recognises her patronage of local children's charity, Noah's Ark.

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