Film-maker Mike Leigh given freedom of city of Salford

Peterloo director joins past honourees Ryan Giggs, LS Lowry and Nelson Mandela

The film-maker Mike Leigh has been honoured with the freedom of his birth city of Salford, after a nearly 40-year career distilling the realities of northern working-class life on to the screen.

The writer and director joins a roster of revered previous recipients of the honour – considered the highest the city council can bestow on an individual – that includes Nelson Mandela, Ryan Giggs, LS Lowry and prime minister David Lloyd George.

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