City's 'Bard' John Cooper Clarke granted Freedom of Salford
John Cooper Clarke, known for many years as the ‘Bard of Salford’, has had his status officially recognised by the city where he was born and raised. Salford council has granted him the Freedom of the City of Salford.
The ceremonial mayor of Salford, councillor Gina Reynolds, said: “Salford has always been a city of creativity that has nurtured remarkable artists. John Cooper Clarke is an icon not only in Salford but throughout the country.
“His remarkable literary contributions, infused with his unique Salfordian charm, have made a lasting impact on the world of poetry and beyond. He has inspired countless artists, musicians and writers with his incredible talent and has given a voice to the working-class spirit within his verses.”
Ten years ago Cooper Clarke was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts by the University of Salford. He will be celebrating his 75th birthday in 2024 with a national tour - billed as 'Get Him While He's Still Alive!' - including two nights at Salford’s Lowry Theatre.