Disabled travel hero David Partington receives MBE from Queen
9:41am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
HE has spent the last eight years helping teenagers with special educational needs travel independently on public transport.
Now David Partington, from Horwich, chairman of Greater Manchester Travel Training Forum, has been honoured by the Queen.
Mr Partington was presented with an MBE for services to older people and people with disabilities. Speaking of the moment he found out about the honour, he said: “I nearly fell through the floor. I was absolutely gobsmacked.”
A Bolton soldier has also been honoured.
Major Nigel Overton, who helped lay the foundations for success at Afghanistan’s equivalent of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, has been honoured with a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.
Maj Overton, of the Windsor-based Coldstream Guards, and who has previously been awarded an MBE, spent more than six months in Afghanistan putting in place everything the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) needs to train the country’s next generation of military leaders.
The 49-year-old worked with Afghan officers, officials and four other partner nations to prepare the ground for the academy’s 350 personnel and get them the equipment they will need to do their jobs.
Maj Overton, who is yet to be formally presented with his award, said: ”I was very proud to receive the award.
“However, it was also down to a very hard working, dedicated team.”
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