Freedom of the Borough

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

The 96 people killed at the Hillsborough disaster

PC David Phillips (2016)

Lieutenant Commander Ian Fraser, VC (1993)

Mr Joseph Lynch, GC, BEM (Gal) (1996)

Mr Ray Holmes (2005)

The Right Reverend David Urquhart (2006)

Lord Chan of Oxton (2006)

Mr Steve Maddox, OBE (2010)

Freedom of Entry

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

The Civic Award for Young People

The Civic Award for Young People is open to all children between the ages of 8 and 12, although, exceptions can be made. The youngest recipient is just 4 years old and teenagers can also be considered.

The Award aims to promote:

  • good citizenship through a greater awareness of Wirral
  • self-reliance
  • service to others
  • personal achievement in physical activities
  • wise use of leisure time

The Wirral Civic Award Scheme is not concerned with the achievements of specific standards, but with making the most of each child’s individual abilities. Completion of each level of the scheme is rewarded by a badge and certificate, presented at an official ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Wirral.

To find out more about the Wirral Civic Awards Scheme, call 0151 666 3960 or email

The Wirral Award

Each year the council seeks nominations for the Wirral Award. This confers civic recognition upon individuals or organisations living or working 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).

Previous recipients of the award have included individuals who freely give up their time to work with disadvantaged groups, and those who offer their services to different sections of the community that require support.

Make a nomination for the Wirral Award

If you are aware of a person or organisation who you feel fulfils these requirements you can nominate them for a Wirral Award by completing a nomination form.

Nominations for the 2020 Wirral Awards closed on Friday 4 December 2020.