Legendary puppet KERMIT THE FROG has been presented with the key to the town of Kermit, Texas during a ceremony in which he was also crowned honorary homecoming king.

Created by the late Jim Henson, the green icon has also had his face painted on Kermit's water tower.

Kermit's appearance in his namesake town on Friday (14OCT05) was the first stop on a 50-date tour to mark his 50th birthday.

The roadshow will visit four continents and last until the end of next year (06).

Among the landmarks Kermit, named after a childhood friend of Henson's, will appear at are the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France; the Great Wall Of China; and the Statue Of Liberty in New York City.