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05:44 | 20th August 2017

News: UK

Thu 30 Sep, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


This is a great honour but the greatest honour and privilege has been to work with so many extraordinary brave, courageous human rights activists

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Peter Tatchell has become one of the select few who has been awarded a commemorated blue plaque in his home in Bermondsey.

The plaque for the human rights campaigner was unveiled by Lord of the Rings actor, Sir Ian McKellen, 71, at his child home in South-East London where he has lived since 1979.

Tatchell, who was born in Australia, reportedly said: ‘This is a great honour but the greatest honour and privilege has been to work with so many extraordinary brave, courageous human rights activists.’

‘I have done my bit for human rights, but so have many, many others. I am just one of millions ...

working to make a better world.’

Only a few others have been awarded similar plaques which include the likes of Charles Darwin and John Lennon.

Sir Ian also said: "We're very lucky to have Peter with us - what he asks for is no more or less than freedom, and I couldn't be a stronger supporter of him.

"He's my hero, and to honour heroes is a good thing to do.
"It's absolutely sensational that there is a blue plaque.”

 

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