In October 2011, Bob was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland. The honour was bestowed on Bob by Sunderland City Council for his eminent services to football, education and charitable causes within the City and local area.
With both his mother and father being born in Sunderland, Bob’s civic and football allegiances have always remained firmly with the City. He has always demonstrated a great determination and desire to stand up for the City and everyone in it through his charity work and business life.
The Leader of Sunderland City Council, Paul Watson said: “Sir Bob has been nominated in recognition of his outstanding contributions to football, education and charitable causes within the City. If anyone ever epitomised the spirit of Sunderland, then it is Robert Sydney ‘Bob’ Murray.”
The extraordinary honour from a City he loves was accepted by Bob with great pride on 14th October 2011. He said: “I’m massively proud of my heritage. There is no greater privilege than to be recognised by your own. Sunderland has always been with me, all my life. It has a special place in my heart and has always been good to me. Thank you so much for this most unique and incredibly special honour.”