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Sir Chris Hoy receives the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh award

Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has been awarded the freedom of his home city.

The six-time gold medal-winning cyclist joined other Olympians and Paralympians on an open-top bus parade through Edinburgh.

He later attended a civic reception where he became part of an exclusive club that includes the Queen and Nelson Mandela who have received the freedom of the Scottish capital.

Sir Chris Hoy joined other Olympians on an open-top bus parade through Edinburgh Credit: Lloyd Smith/PA Wire

He said: "I'm immensely proud, but this award is for all the people who have helped me through the years, from the little seven-year-old racing BMXs to racing for Olympic medals in London, it's been an amazing journey.

"It's quite hard to take it all in, it's an emotional day and one that I will never forget."

Sir Chris Hoy receives the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh award Credit: Lloyd Smith/PA Wire