The artist behind the iconic cover design for The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album has been made a Citizen of Honour in Liverpool.
Sir Peter Blake was handed the award and hailed as an ‘honorary Scouser’ during a ceremony at the Royal Liver Building yesterday (23 April).
Sir Peter says: “I’m delighted to be given the Citizen of Honour award. As well as my music links with the city, I’m proud of my association with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool and hope to continue my relationship with the city.
“I treasure the warmth and good humour of the people of Liverpool and hope they will accept me as an ‘honorary Scouser’.”
The artist, who won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1961 and became its first patron in 2012, has a long-standing relationship with the city of Liverpool.
In 2015, he provided artwork for the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop as part of the ‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ project, which has seen a colourful vessel take to the River Mersey as part of the city’s First World War commemorations.
The initiative was recently extended for a further two years.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, says: “I am delighted to be able to present this honour to Sir Peter Blake.
“Sir Peter has helped shape Liverpool’s cultural significance on the global stage for more than five decades – from ‘Sgt. Pepper’ to ‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’.
“His work with The Beatles was one of the seminal moments in popular art in the 20th century and 50 years on still resonates around the world as we will see with our ’50 Summers of Love’ programme.
“That work alone is worthy of celebration but the fact that he has continued to make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of the city underlines the depth of feeling he has for Liverpool and the city has for him.”
Past recipients of the Liverpool Citizen of Honour award include James Barton, founder of the nightclub brand Cream, and ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ filmmaker director David Yates.