Coldplay’s Chris Martin turns down the freedom of Exeter

Singer doesn't think he's done enough to deserve the honour

Coldplay singer Chris Martin has turned down an offer to be granted the freedom of his home town, Exeter.

A campaign to give Martin the honour – previously presented to Battle of Trafalgar hero Lord Nelson – started in July of this year (2014). But, after the campaign received the support of local MP Ben Bradshaw and the city’s council, a council spokesman told The Western Daily Press: “Chris said he’d like to be considered, but not at the moment as he hasn’t yet done enough for the city.”

Martin was born in Exeter, attending local prep school Hylton and Exeter Cathedral School, where he formed his first band The Rockin’ Honkies. He has said of The Rockin’ Honkies: “I was 15, wearing a long black coat. My voice hadn’t broken and my lyrics were appalling. Our first show was met with booing.”

In June, Martin donated an etched commemorative disc of Coldplay’s album ‘Ghost Stories’ to be auctioned to raise funds for The Day We Played Brazil, a play staged at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre about the 100th anniversary of League Two side Exeter City’s game in Brazil against the national side.

Eels singer Mark Everett was given the freedom of the City of London in July 2014, while Van Morrison was awarded the freedom of Belfast in September 2013.