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Formula One's 'Sir Frank Williams Avenue' is unveiled

Sir Frank next to the "Sir Frank Williams Avenue" sign
Image caption Sir Frank set up Williams Grand Prix Engineering in Didcot in 1977

A road in Oxfordshire has been named after Sir Frank Williams, the former Formula One team manager.

Sir Frank officially unveiled the road sign "Sir Frank Williams Avenue" in Great Western Park, Didcot.

The new development straddles the Didcot and Harwell boundary and is set to contain 3,300 houses by 2026.

A resident originally suggested the name for the road, which South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils approved.

'Mildly embarrassed'

Sir Frank described the honour as "very touching" and added he was "mildly embarrassed".

The first residents moved into Great Western Park in June last year and 130 houses have been built so far.

"Sir Frank Williams Avenue" is the only road named after a living person in the Vale of White Horse council area.

In 1977, Sir Frank bought an empty industrial unit in Didcot with engineer Patrick Head and used it to set up Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

The Williams F1 team has competed in more than 500 Grand Prix, achieving 113 wins, nine World Constructors' Championships and seven World Drivers' Championships.

Sir Frank, who has used a wheelchair since breaking his neck in a car accident in France in 1986, stepped down as chairman in July 2010.

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