Graffham villager receives OBE

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A Graffham man inspired by his brother who was injured in a riding accident, has received an OBE for services to disabled people in an investiture at Buckingham Palace where he was presented with the honour by Prince William.

Ian Thornley received the award after serving as a non-executive director of Remploy, a company set up to provide employment for disabled people.

Born and brought up in Grimsby, Mr Thornley has lived in Graffham since 2000 with his wife Angie and their sons Elliott, Lucas, Jacob and Jamie.

He was involved with the Graffham Shop Association and is a member of the Graffham Downs Trust.

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