Anderson given freedom of Burnley

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England and Lancashire's James Anderson said: "I'm honoured to be receiving the freedom of the borough."

England and Lancashire fast bowler James Anderson is to be awarded the freedom of Burnley, his home town.

The 29-year-old, nicknamed the ‘Burnley Express’, is being honoured in recognition of his ‘outstanding services to cricket’.

Mayor of Burnley David Heginbotham said: "He's a great ambassador for Burnley."

He will become the youngest of 23 recipients of the title a week today at Burnley Town Hall.

Anderson was born in Burnley, attended St Theodore's Roman Catholic High School and played for Burnley Cricket Club in the Lancashire League.

"I'm honoured to be receiving the freedom of the borough,” he said. "I grew up playing cricket for the local club and still have strong ties to the area.

"As a Burnley lad, born and bred, it also means a great deal to my family."

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