Van Morrison has become a member of an eclectic group of men and women.

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Belfast’s latest recipient of the Freedom of the City last night joined the ranks of two Second World War leaders and an Ulster political luminary.

The singer is now on an impressive list including Sir Edward Carson, General Dwight D Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill, by becoming the 79th honorary burgess of Belfast city.

He is the first singer and recording star to be honoured among a raft of leading figures from commerce, industry and the arts.

Dame Mary Peters became the first sports person to be honoured in May this year.

Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir presented a specially-designed leather bound scroll and a large key on a plinth to Van the Man, just before his celebration concert at the Waterfront Hall.

He was joined on stage by Alderman Gavin Robinson of the DUP, who first suggested the council honour for the 68-year-old singer and musician from east Belfast. The scroll resembled a recording award to represent Mr Morrison’s stellar career, which has produced seminal albums like Astral Weeks and Moondance.

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