City honour for the man behind Brookie.
PHIL REDMOND - the creator of iconic television series including Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks - has been awarded the Freedom of Liverpool at a packed ceremony.
It The screenwriter and cultural champion received his award from mayor Joe Anderson at the Maritime Museum last night.
is Other guests included ECHO editor-in-chief Alastair Machray and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Christine Banks.
in On receiving the award, in front of stars from the shows he created, Mr Redmond said: "This award is so special to me. It is a great honour".
Asked if the award felt like the icing on the cake after his long-time devotion to the city, he said: "It is the highest honour you can get.
"To get this from the city is just fantastic."
Todd Carty, who played Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill, told the ECHO: "Phil has been so supportive. It was my first big break. He is Mr Grange Hill - if you cut him in half, school ties of blood will come out."
Mayor Anderson said: "Phil really is one of the best ambassadors for the city. He lives and breathes Liverpool in everything that he does."
Mr Machray said: "Whether it was in his writing, or the shows he produced, the causes he has supported, it was all about Liverpool being great, loved and recognised.
"That is why he, above anyone I've ever met, deserves to receive this honour tonight."
ECHO editor-in-chief Ali Machray
Phil Redmond is given the Freedom of Liverpool by Lord Mayor Christine Banks and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson; right, Mr Redmond with actor Ricky Tomlinson