Film maker and Oscar winning director Danny Boyle along with rock band Elbow, and gold medal winning paralympian Zoe Robinson are being awarded the Freedom of Bury.

A ceremony is taking place on Monday 11 May at Bury Town Hall at 3pm, where they will receive the honour from the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Peter Ashworth.

Mark Sanders, chief executive of Bury Council, said: “Danny Boyle’s, Elbow’s and Zoe Robinson’s successes over the past 12 months have really put Bury on the map, both nationally and internationally.

“We are really proud of all of these individuals’ outstanding achievements in their respective professions and by granting them freedom of the borough we want to acknowledge their hard work, determination and commitment and this is the council’s way of congratulating them all on their successes.”

Boyle, from Radcliffe, has directed films including Trainspotting, Millions, and Shallow Grave, before he made Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars and seven BAFTA awards.

19-year-old Zoe Robinson, from Ramsbottom, won a team gold medal in the sport of boccia at the Beijing Paralympic Games last year.

Elbow’s Craig Potter, Mark Potter, Pete Turner, Richard Jupp and lead singer Guy Garvey collectively won a Brit Award, a Mercury Prize and an NME Award following the release of their fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid. They formed the band in Bury in 1990.

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