Birmingham City Council will posthumously award Freedom of the City to the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings.

Speaking to Full Council, Cllr John Clancy said: “I’m proud to be putting this motion to council today and I think it’s significant that all three party leaders are supportive of this historic move.
The horrific events of 21st November 1974 cast a long shadow in Birmingham as our city came under attack. The victims of the bombings were sons and daughters of our city and our region, tragically cut down on that horrific night.
Just over 42 years on, the families (many of whom are represented in the public gallery here today – and they’re very welcome) are still searching for answers.
Last year was a particularly tough year for the relatives of the victims and now more than ever they need to know this city stands firmly behind them.
That’s why I believe it’s right that we show our respect by posthumously awarding the Freedom of the City to the 21 innocent victims of the bombings at the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town.
Their lives were tragically cut short in November 1974 but they will never be forgotten.”