last time I was in this place, was 1953, I was shaking like a jelly
then, my legs were all rubbery, itís not that much different now.
Mind you it does help seeing Gerry, Billy, ĎOur kidí, Fred back there
and all the rest of them and Pauline.
I was aged 11, I got a school essay prize, Coronation Ö.. er Ö..
Street? No a Coronation prize, you can tell Iím not used to these
things, right? You wanna come up and do it Fred? Frivolity aside.
and John being filmed on the Liverpool waterfront
first thing that struck me when I was going to become a Freeman
was that I wondered what it meant. Because I thought I was one,
being born here. So I asked her what can a Freeman do? What special
privileges come with it. Can you go into Derek Hattonís office for
instance and ask to see that illegal budgie heís been keeping there,
I know heís got it. "No" they said, "but you can do things like
un-sheath your sword in public." And that is going to be a relief
I can tell you.
really means is that itís the highest honour that a city can pay to
a citizen, so from that point of view, Iím well chuffed. Iíd like
to thank my family, some of whom are here today, who started it all
and for me are still doing it. All my fellow musicians over all the
years, who created those magical exciting years. So I want to say
to them, we made it lads, this oneís for us. And finally, Iíd like
to thank the ĎPool itself, we couldnít have done it without you. Thank
you very much."