'Grandfather of fencing' Brian Dickinson collects MBE

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Image caption Brian Dickinson said it was "quite an honour"

A man from Blackpool nicknamed "the grandfather of fencing" has collected his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Brian Dickinson received the honour from Prince Charles for more than 50 years service to wheelchair fencing.

The current president of the Disabled Fencing Association, he started out as a competitor, winning medals at the Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Championships.

He said the appointment was "quite an honour".

The 75-year-old said: "I must say that it is on behalf of all the people involved in wheelchair fencing, both on the national and international stage."

His wife Valerie, who went to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace along with their grandchildren, said she was "very proud of him".

She added: "He has done so much for the sport."

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