Hong Kong's last colonial governor Chris Patten got a hero's welcome to the city from emotional fans waving Union Jack flags and playing the British national anthem.

Patten won widespread admiration from people in Hong Kong for his populist touch during his 1992-97 term, in contrast to his career diplomat predecessors who were seldom seen in public. He also earned the wrath of Beijing for pushing democratic reforms to Hong Kong's electoral system before the handover in 1997. Dozens of fans mobbed Patten as he left a function in Hong Kong late Thursday, video footage posted on YouTube showed. "We need you," they shouted repeatedly as they scrambled towards Patten who waved and smiled as he made his way to a car with "God Save the Queen" playing in the background.AFP