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Andy Murray In Tears As He Accepts Home Award
Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray was reduced to tears as he accepted the freedom of the city from his home town of Stirling.
The typically reticent Scot choked up as he thanked the local council and told them how proud he was.
"I think everyone knows I'm extremely proud of where I come from," he said, his voice straining as tears welled in his eyes.
"So to get this honour, it means a lot to me so thanks to everyone for coming along."
After giving a little smile, as if admitting the occasion had got the better of him, he apologised to the audience gathered in the Murray Hall in his former school Dunblane High.
The 26-year-old, who also famously cried after losing the 2012 Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, visited the school with his girlfriend Kim Sears.
The award came at a formal meeting of the council at the school with all councillors.
Stirling Provost Mike Robbins bestowed the Freedom of the City, saying: "I now formally present Andy with the scroll which confers upon him the freedom of the city of Stirling, here in Dunblane, and, from one Dunblane person to another, I'm delighted."
As Murray left the school hall for a private reception, he hugged his father, who was sitting in the crowd.
His girlfriend, Ms Sears, stayed behind briefly after the ceremony to speak to guests and laughed when schoolboys wolf-whistled as she left the hall.
Later Murray explained why he had got so emotional, saying: "I don't get the chance to come back that often and I don't get the chance to see my family as much as I would like and I'm very proud of where I come from.
"I don't think anyone would have really expected it - tennis players don't really come from Scotland, so it's a strange story, but proves that anything can happen if you believe and you dream and work hard, then you can achieve whatever you want to, so it's a nice story."
The corridors of the school are decorated with pictures of Murray and his brother Jamie celebrating their various tennis successes.
He went on to be presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling in a private ceremony.
The previous night Murray stayed at his new luxury hotel, The Cromlix, on the outskirts of Dunblane.