The five-time Olympic medallist is celebrated by his hometown

Sir

Ben Ainslie has been made a Freeman of Lymington.

The

ceremony took place on 24 October at the Fuller/McLellan Hall at Lymington

Community Centre.

Members

of the public and local dignitaries watched as the Mayor of Lymington and

Pennington, Councillor Anna Rostand conferred the Honorary Freedom of Lymington

and Pennington upon Sir Charles Benedict Ainslie CBE.

The

36-year-old grew up in Cornwall but has lived in Lymington for 13 years.

He

has won four gold medals and one silver medals in Olympic sailing at the past

five Games and is now making waves in America’s Cup sailing.

The

title of honorary freeman is generally given to people of distinction and

people who have given their services to the local area.