Barry gets the red carpet treatment in Ropsley

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The red carpet was laid out in Ropsley for Barry Buxton as he received his British Empire Medal on Saturday.

Mr Buxton, 70, of Paddock Close in Ropsley, was recognised for his tireless effort over five decades to keep the village looking its best.

He received his medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mr Tony Worth at a special ceremony in the village.

Mr Buxton said: “It was a lovely day and the Lord Lieutenant did a wonderful job.

“The church was absolutely packed and then we went down to the Green Man, where they had a red carpet for me, and we had a buffet.”

Barry was able to share his big day with relatives including some who had travelled over from Holland to be by his side.

Mr Buxton said: “The sun was out - it was lovely. It was all just a bit overwhelming really.”