Paralympian Stephen Miller has become the first to be given the Freedom of Cramlington.
The triple paralympic champion was given the honour at a Cramlington Town Council meeting on Thursday evening at Concordia Leisure Centre.
Stephen said: “Obviously this is a great honour and I can’t tell how proud I am.
“Cramlington is where I’ve lived my whole life, I am born and bred and that is not something I take lightly.
“I have been saying a little joke that I have the Freedom of Northumberland, Gateshead and now Cramlington, I’m taking over the north east – what’s next – world domination?
“I will continue to do the right things and be positive, live my life and be a good role model.
“Athletics is still very important to me and I love it.
“I went to school in Cramlington, I had a great time there and I learnt a lot.
“I’ve done lots of training at Concordia and the high school gave me lots of support in my career.”
He added: “Cramlington is a great place to live and I can’t see myself living anywhere else.
“It’s not often you become a piece of history, and I am proud to be the first freedom of Cramlington.”