London: Formula One world champion Jenson Button went back to school on Tuesday before receiving the freedom of Frome, the English country town where he was born 30 years ago.
Button, who will soon have a footbridge named after him in the Somerset town that rhymes with vroom, visited his three boyhood schools and met teachers and pupils before a public address to locals.
"It`s a real privilege to accept this," the Monaco-based McLaren driver said. "I visited all the schools I went to here in Frome and that was a great experience. It made me feel like a kid again."
Button, who leads the championship after two wins in four races, was also representing the British Motor Sports Association`s Go Motorsport initiative to help more people into motorsport.
"It`s quite an emotional day seeing all these people and hopefully helping these people realise that they can achieve their goals and dreams," said Button, who will be chasing another win in Spain at the weekend.