Jenson Button promised the people of Frome the loudest noise they had ever heard and they certainly go it when the Formula 1 racing champion screamed through the narrow streets of Frome tonight.
The Frome Flyer returned to his roots, to the town where he was born and brought up, to stand on the podium and switch on the Christmas lights.
And much to the delight of the 5,000 people who swarmed into the town centre, he climbed into the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and took a few spins around the town culminating in some ear-splitting wheel spins outside the Cheese and Grain.
Jenson admitted it was the first time he had “done a doughnut” in the town centre – or as far as he could remember.
He said: “It has been amazing coming home. People can see a Formula 1 car on the television but it is something quite different to have the experience of seeing it in real life and experiencing the smell, the sound and the adrenalin it creates.”
He admitted the historic streets of Frome were unlikely to ever qualify as a grand prix race track.
“The streets are far too narrow. But it has been absolutely awesome to see so many people and to have their support, it means a lot.”
Tonight’s parade was the start of a two-day extravaganza in Frome continuing tomorrow with street performers, stalls and a Christmas fair in the Cheese and Grain. On Sunday the town centre will be closed off to traffic again for the Super Market.
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