Queen honours Ripley hero

A LOCAL hero has been honoured with an MBE for his service to disabled people in the region.

For more than 20 years Ripley man Keith Boot has helped run the Amber Valley Access Group as a volunteer.

The 78-year-old tirelessly worked with Amber Valley’s services to ensure wheelchair users can get around the towns and lead a regular life.

And on Wednesday he was presented with the prestigious gong by the Queen as part of her 2011 birthday honours list.

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