London: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray fought to hold back tears on Wednesday after being awarded the freedom of Stirling as he became a freeman of the city at a special meeting of Stirling Council in Dunblane High School.
"It feels good to be home," said Murray, his voice cracking with emotion, during a ceremony at his former school, Dunblane High.
The 26-year-old was seen to pause and wipe his eyes several times during his speech, as a crowd including local officials, his parents, and girlfriend Kim Sears looked on. "I'm going to keep this very short because there's a good chance I'll get emotional. I'd like to thank the (local) council for voting me in. "
After another break to compose himself, he added: "Everyone knows I'm extremely proud of where I come from. To get this honour means a lot to me so thanks to everyone for coming along, and I apologise for this behaviour."