ARISE Sir Scott Ashton for being a brave young man.
The Accrington schoolboy was one of 50 youngsters knighted by King Arthur at Camelot theme park last weekend, for overcoming personal difficulties, working extra hard at school and helping others.
Scott, 12, of Willows Lane, was nominated by both his old primary school, Spring Hill, and Rhyddings High School where he is a first-year pupil. He has qualified on all three counts following the death of his mum Christine from breast cancer at the age of 38.
Proud dad Vincent, 44, and sister Emma, 14, were at the knighting ceremony to see Scott's big moment. Vincent said: "He has been a very brave lad and we're very proud of him.''
Scott's teacher, Heidi Whelan, said: "Scott is such a wonderful boy. He has tried hard to overcome this difficult time and his courage deserves to be recognised. Seeing him knighted on Saturday for his determination and hard work was such a treat, not just for him, but for all the family."
Camelot marketing manager Sandra Dempsey added: "The day has been a truly magical experience and our search has unearthed some remarkable stories. The look on Scott's face as he received his knighthood will be a picture not many will forget."