He has already been feted by the Formula One fraternity, received an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours list and finished in the top three of the BBC's annual Sports Personality of the Year poll, but Jenson Button's world title is now about to be recognised in bricks and mortar.

The Briton returned to his home town of Frome in Wiltshire on Thursday to be granted honorary citizenship in acknowledgement of his achievement with the Brawn GP team, but was also told that there are plans afoot to name a new bridge after him after members of the town council voted in favour of the additional 'honour'.

"The bridge is going to be built anyway, so we decided it would be a good idea to name it after him," mayor Damon Hooton told the local BBC station, "He will have a presentation scroll to commemorate [the citizenship] and we're going to name the new bridge to be built in Frome after him."

The town is currently served by an ageing Bailey bridge and work is scheduled to begin on a replacement, to span the River Frome, shortly.

"The planning process is done and it's just subject to an appeal on whether the current Bailey bridge should be lifted," Hooton continued, "Once that's all finalised, we should get the green light and off we go. We're hoping the bridge will be built between now and the summer, and we will put a plaque on the bridge with a suitable commemoration on it."

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