Lee Westwood is given freedom of Bassetlaw

Ryder Cup-winning golfer Lee Westwood has been given the freedom of his home district in Nottinghamshire.

The world number three golfer was presented with a scroll and jewel of office at a special ceremony at Retford Town Hall.

The 38-year-old, from Worksop, is the first individual to become an honorary freeman of Bassetlaw.

Councillors said the successful golfer was a credit to the area and was still involved in youth and community groups.

Mr Westwood said: "It's very special when you get awards from the area that you live in because they know you the best.

"I've lived there all my life and it's nice recognition."

The former number one was appointed OBE for services to golf in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February.

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