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Andy Murray awarded freedom of Stirling and honorary degree

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is awarded the freedom of Stirling and given an honorary degree in his hometown.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling as well as an honorary degree for his services to tennis.

The Scotsman got emotional while delivering a speech at a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High on Wednesday.

"[The awards are] all a bit different but mean just as much," said Murray at the ceremony. "Every time I come back here the support has been overwhelming.

"The reaction when I came back after the US Open and the Olympics is something that I can never quite get my head round. It's just always nice to come back and see the support and meet friends and family in Dunblane. I miss home."

The 26-year-old, who opened his luxury Cromlix Hotel in April, will receive a degree at the University of Stirling.

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