Freedom of the City for Chris Hughton and Tony Bloom

Following¬†Brighton & Hove Albion’s rise to the Premier League, Tony Bloom and Chris Hughton are receiving the city’s top honour at a council ceremony.

Manager Chris Hughton and chairman Tony Bloom are being granted the freedom of the city in recognition of their success at the club.

Albion will join the English game’s elite next season after missing out on promotion in last season’s play-offs.

The honour was previously conferred on Bloom’s predecessor, Dick Knight.

Freedom of the city is an honorary title and, contrary to widespread perception, does not confer special rights on recipients.

But it is still a relatively rare honour and reinforces the warm relationship between the club and the city, which hosted a civic reception and seafront parade on Sunday, attended by an estimated 100,000 people.

A club spokesman said: “It’s a wonderful honour for Tony Bloom and Chris Hughton, and one both men thoroughly deserve. The joy they’ve bought to so many people in the city of Brighton was evident last Sunday and as a club we are extremely proud of our chairman and manager.”

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