Civic recognition and awards

Freedom of the Borough

The Freedom of the Borough of Wirral is the highest honour that the council can bestow on its citizens and has been conferred on the following individuals:

  • 1993 Lt. Commander Ian Fraser, VC
  • 1996 Mr. Joseph Lynch, GC, BEM (GAL)
  • 2005 Mr. Ray Holmes
  • 2006 The Right Reverend David Urquhart
  • 2006 Lord Chan of Oxton
  • 2010 Mr. Stephen Maddox, OBE
  • 2016 PC David Phillips
  • 2017 The Hillsborough 96
  • 2019 Doctor Nunzia Bertali
  • 2019 2nd Lt. Jay Frederick Simpson USAF
  • 2022 Baron Frank Field of Birkenhead
  • 2022 Andrew Devine
  • 2023 Paul O’Grady
  • 2023 Glenda Jackson
  • 2023 Sue Higginson OBE DL

Freedom of Entry

The Freedom of Entry can be awarded to military organisations with local connections and has been granted to:

Andy Day memorial award

The award was established in honour of the late Andy Day and is awarded annually to a back bench member of Wirral Council who has demonstrated the qualities of dedication and selflessness possessed by the former councillor.

View recipients of the Andy Day memorial award

The Wirral Award

The Wirral Award is intended to confer civic recognition upon individuals or organisations, resident or located in Wirral, for an outstanding achievement within the previous 12 months, or distinguished service to the borough over a period of 20 years or more, unless there are exceptional circumstances.


As a general rule the council prefers to consider individuals rather than organisations unless the circumstances are exceptional.


All nominations are considered annually by a working party of senior councillors. The working party’s recommendations with regard to possible recipients of the Wirral Award are submitted to the Regulatory and General Purposes Committee for approval.


A formal award certificate will then be awarded to the successful nominees.


Completed nomination forms should be emailed to no later than Wednesday 13 December 2023.

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Download nomination form (PDF, 76KB)

View previous recipients of the Wirral Award