A volunteer who has given 15 years of service to a Bushey senior citizens' club was presented with a silver salver at his retirement party. 

Derek Smith has been driving an ambulance for 15 years, allowing disabled people from around Bushey to get to and from the St James Senior Citizens Club who meet every Monday.

The 80-year-old, who used to work on the railway, will still attend the meetings as a member after his retirement.

Molley Brain, club chairman, said Derek would be missed. She said: "We are so lucky to have had Derek. He is a lovely, lovely man. He will still attend the meetings, we can’t let him disappear that easy. He is marvellous.

"He has been so great. The work of volunteers is so important and we are all extremely grateful."

Mr Smith was presented with a silver salver by deputy mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Carey Keates at a party at Falconer Hall. The party was attended by about 50 people.