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Bob Geldof receives Freedom of the City of London

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Sep 16, 2013 | 4:58pm EDT

Sir Bob Geldof has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London. The Boomtown Rats star was presented with the coveted accolade during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the British capital on Monday (16Sep13), in recognition of his career success and his extensive humanitarian work, particularly for his efforts in Africa. The Irish singer, who is already a freeman of the city of Dublin, was instrumental in staging the U.K. leg of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985 to raise funds to combat the Ethiopian famine. Geldof is the latest celebrity to receive the honour - Dame Judi Dench, Diana, Princess of Wales, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Sir Michael Caine and Damian Lewis have also previously been feted.

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