Town council support Hockney Freeman plan

EDITORIAL USE ONLY.'Artist David Hockney RA with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 16, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

EDITORIAL USE ONLY.'Artist David Hockney RA with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 16, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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BRIDLINGTON Town Council are looking into plans to make David Hockney a Freeman of Bridlington.

At last Wednesday full council meeting, resident Dennis Ashby suggested that the council investiagte the possibility of honouring Mr Hockney, routinely called Britain’s greatest living artist, by awarding him the Freedom of Bridlington.

He also suggested that the Town Council recommend the Gallery at Bridlington Spa be renamed to include Mr Hockney’s name.

Bridlington Mayor, Coun Cyril Marsburg, said: “David Hockney, Britain’s greatest living artist, is a credit to the town and has brought worldwide publicity to Bridlington.

“The attention his paintings have created have really put Bridlington and the Wolds landscape on the map. “We believe that the suggestion that he be honoured by becoming a Freeman of the town is an excellent one.”

The Town Council supported Mr Ashby’s proposal, and are now looking at the possibility of contacting Mr Hockney.

They have also made recommendations to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who run the Spa, about the renaming of the gallery.

“We think it would also be a nice gesture if East Riding of Yorkshire Council renamed the Gallery at the Spa after Mr Hockney, it would be a great thing for all the art lovers who live in, or visit the town,” continued Coun Marsburg.

Town Councils can award the honorary Freeman or Freewoman title to people of distinction, or those who have, in the opinion of the authority, given eminent services to the town.

The decision must be discussed and agreed as an agenda item by the Town Council.