Jenson Button gets Freedom honour

Formula One champion Jenson Button has become the first person ever to be titled the Freeman of Frome, his home town in Somerset.

In recognition of Button's success on the racing tracks, Mayor Damon Hooton of Frome presented the star with the Freedom honour at the Cattle Market car park near the Cheese and Grain building.

Around 3,000 fans turned up at the venue to watch the ace driver - also known as the Frome Flyer - receive the civic award.

New legislation introduced last year allows smaller towns to grant their eligible citizens the Freedom honour, and Button was the first Frome citizen to receive it from the council.

Button will also see a new footbridge being named after him in Frome.

He said before signing autographs on the occasion that he and his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton got along "very very well" and were "mates".

On being asked what his optional career choice would have been, he told a fan that he had never wanted to do anything except steer a racing car and that there had never been a "back-up plan".

Button won the 2009 Formula One world championship with Brawn GP, before moving to join Hamilton at McLaren.

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