Pete Price: Honoured many a time – but now I’m lording it!

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Over the years I have been very flattered to have been honoured in different ways.

The last three honours were truly amazing.

The first was being inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.

Some of the biggest names ever in the UK radio industry are in it.

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The honour came out of the blue, which made it even more memorable.

The only thing that upsets me was we were given a rose bowl, and I was rather hoping for a medal that I could wear.

The glass rose bowl looks a bit stupid on a chain.

The next honour was also out of the blue.

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To be made an Honorary Scouser – the award was to acknowledge the important role I play in representing the city of Liverpool.

The Lord Mayor at the time was Steve Rotheram, who is now our Metro Mayor.

He bestowed it on me along with some other fine people who love the city as much as I do, one of them being Jan Molby.

The third award really was the icing on the cake, when in 2017 I was made a Citizen of Honour unanimously voted by Liverpool city council and Mayor, Joe Anderson.

It was for recognition of 50 years of service and dedication to this wonderful city, which I am passionate about.

That day at the Town Hall, with a couple of hundred friends, I will never forget as long as I live.

There is another award – when I was made a Musketeer – but I am going to save that story for another time.

Now I will tell you why I am talking about this.

I’ve always been amazed how people can become a Lord.

Lordships have been around for centuries and have been associated with nobility and English tradition.

There is even a website now – Become a member of the House of Lords.

It says: ‘Did you know that you can join the House of Lords on a part-time basis?’.

They say they can help you get a peerage, but you must have an amazing record of achievement in your field of expertise.

But it’s not guaranteed.

People apparently get in touch with them all the time.

I’ve noticed over the last couple of years some of my friends had started using the title Lord.

I couldn’t understand why.

Then I found out that you can actually buy a title.

Right now, with the Covid virus measures, one company are selling them cheaper as you can have them digitally delivered.

They have dropped the price from £24 to £15.

Then when the virus is out of the way, you will receive your printed pack.

Can you imagine my face when the other day I was opening my mail and this interesting package, amongst my bills, was staring back at me.

I opened it and hadn’t a clue who it was from, and still haven’t found out.

Inside was a wonderful, glossy brochure, along with a video and a picture of Glencoe Wood, Keil and a plot number with a map.

The smile on my face turned to laughter, apparently I now own 10 square foot of land in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, in a nature reserve.

This land is mine forever and I can pass it down to my heirs.

I am a landowner in Scotland, so I have my own highland estate.

The next piece of paper was the Certificate of Sale.

Lord of Glencoe, Scotland.

I have the Master titles deed, so I can change my name.

My favourite bit of the package is the sticker for my car which says ‘I am a Lord’ (so, I’m not a queen…)

The bit that made me laugh out loud was a quote from the letter: ‘I authorise and require all persons at all times to describe, designate and address me by my adopted name and title’.

I am now Lord Pete Price.

I think I am the first columnist to be a Lord.

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