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TV star Julie to get Freedom of Borough

The Accrington actress has been nominated by the council to receive the Freedom of the Borough at a ceremony next month.

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Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh said she is ‘chuffed and honoured’ after being chosen for one of Hyndburn’s highest honours.

The Accrington actress has been nominated by the council to receive the Freedom of the Borough at a ceremony next month.

She will join the ranks of Olympian Ron Hill, centenarian Alice Horne, and the late Maundy Relief founder Dorothy McGregor and former MP Ken Hargreaves.

Julie, who found national fame as Hayley Cropper in the ITV soap, will receive her new title at Accrington Town Hall on Thursday, September 11.

She said: “I am really, really chuffed and honoured and can’t really tell you how happy I am to get it. I never really heard about the award until a few years ago when Dorothy McGregor won it.

“She took it with her usual humour and said ‘I can now drive a pig up Abbey Street’ which was one of the ancient things you could do.

“I’m really looking forward to the ceremony and it will be a nice do at the town hall.

“Accrington is so special to me and is part of my identity.

“I will take my mum along who will be really chuffed.”

Maundy Relief patron Julie, 44, studied at Hyndburn Park Primary School, Moorhead High School and Accrington and Rossendale College.

Councillor Ken Moss, Hyndburn council’s cabinet member for leisure and arts, said: “Julie is a local lass who has never forgotten her roots.

“We want to recognise her achievements at both local and national level and what better time to award Julie the Freedom of the Borough.”