Quadruple Paralympic champion awarded Freedom of the City of London

Paralympic champion David Weir is to be awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Weir won gold in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon at London 2012 to go alongside the two golds he picked up in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

Quadruple gold medal winning Paralympian David Weir shows his medals as he takes part in the parade through London in September Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The 33-year-old joins names such as singer Annie Lennox, Sir Terry Wogan and writer JK Rowling in receiving the ancient honour which dates back to the 13th century.

Many of its traditional privileges, such as the freedom to drive sheep over London Bridge, no longer exist, a City of London spokesman said.

Lord Mayor of the City of London Roger Gifford said: "This summer London was proud to be the backdrop for some of the greatest moments in sport, including David Weir powering his way to gold."