LJMU Ambassador Fellow, Professor Phil Redmond CBE, will today (Friday, 2 November) be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool – the city’s highest civic honour.
Professor Redmond, born in Huyton, is to be acknowledged for his role as Deputy Chair and Creative Director of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008, and for devising and chairing the UK City of Culture programme; set up to capitalise on Liverpool’s success as European Capital of Culture. He is also is also Chair of the Liverpool City Region Cultural Partnership, established to boost cultural activities and creativity over the next 30 years.
Professor Redmond created three of Britain’s longest running drama programmes; Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, and he and his wife, Alexis, set up Mersey Television which, in its time, was the largest independent television production company.
Professor Redmond will receive the Freedom of Liverpool from Lord Mayor, Councillor Christine Banks, at a special ceremony at Merseyside Maritime Museum.