Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
Following from last weekend’s Women’s Euro victory against Germany at Wembley, the England team have been awarded freedom of City of London. All 23 players as well as coach Serena Wiegman will be invited to attend a ceremony later this year. Nominated by Lord Mayor of City of London, Vincent Keaveny, the freedom is offered to honour those for outstanding contributions to London, public life or to celebrate a significant achievement according to City of London Corporation. Other recipients include Ed Sheeran and Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Speaking of the award, Lord Mayor Keaveny says: “The rise and rise of the Lionesses has been an incredible success story, and it gives me great pleasure to nominate the team for the Freedom of the City of London.Sunday’s triumphant win against Germany has cemented the team’s place in sporting history and as a nation, we couldn’t be prouder of them”.
Chloe Kelly who scored the decisive goal with 10 minutes remaining in extra time was also awarded the freedom of Ealing where she grew up.
What’s the worst thing you’ve done when drunk? Well, one man laid on the pavement in front of a hotel to protest against a hotel that didn’t let him in and was moved on by police, but it turns out he was at the wrong hotel and didn’t have a room there.
Happening in the early hours in Bournemouth outside a Premier Inn, he may have put the wrong Premier Inn into his navigation, as Bournemouth has at least five Premier Inns. However, the officers took him to the one he made the booking with, and he had a good rest afterwards.
On Monday, after a quick turnaround, Trafalgar Square hosted 7,000 fans to celebrate the Lionesses winning the Women’s Euros last weekend. Hosted by Alex Scott, all 23 players and staff were present at the stage which was also broadcast live on television.
Celebrations included singing and dancing to Sweet Caroline and Three Lions among others. Even after the broadcast finished, the team remained on the stage, celebrating alongside the trophy for a couple more hours with the fans as flags and kits paved the way from the National Gallery to Nelson’s Column.
Hopefully this win will help ignite and inspire the Women’s game even further.