British cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy has been honored with the Freedom of Edinburgh, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Scottish citizen by the country. Hoy, who has been considered as the Golden Boy of British cycling also had a kiss to boot from Carol, his mum as he joined his fellow athletes from the Scottish Olympics and Paralympics teams in a victory parade at the capital. And having been bestowed with the highest honor, Hoy vowed that it was a day that he will remember with fondness for the rest of his life.
Despite the pouring rain, a crowd of almost 30,000 had gathered in the streets of the city to salute their Olympic heroes and to show their appreciation for their efforts. Sir Chris Hoy and the other Olympians were paraded through the city on a special golden bus as part of the celebrations. Hoy was given the Freedom of Edinburgh at the Assembly Rooms, and speaking about the honor bestowed upon him, the 36 year old stated that it was a huge honor and a privilege for him.
Hoy went on to add that what made the day even more special is the crowd that turned out to celebrate the success of the Scottish athletes at the recently concluded Olympic Games in London. He admitted that it was indeed his privilege to be able to enjoy the day with his family and friends.
Sir Chris Hoy admitted that although the parades held in their honor at Glasgow and London were also special, when it comes to the parade held in his home town of Edinburgh, it makes it that much special to be able to enjoy it. Hoy was joined by his mum Carol, dad David and sister carol for the event in his honor.