Going for gold! Four March young people get gold Duke of Edinburgh awards

Duke of Edinburgh award winners in Huntingdon

Duke of Edinburgh award winners in Huntingdon - Credit: Archant

Four March young people joined a glittering presentation night to mark their achievement in gaining Duke of Edinburgh gold awards.

Callum Willox, Frasier Casson-Rennie, Kyle McLean and Katie Mowatt joined young people from across Cambridgeshire who gathered for the special ceremony in Huntingdon.

The cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets were presented with certificates of commendation from the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Sir Hugh Duberly.

Held at Hinchingbrooke School’s performing arts centre, the evening was attended by award achievers, parents, grandparents, siblings, leaders and guests.

The event was organised by Cambridgeshire County Council and supported by Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Huntingdon District Council.

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Several award recipients gave speeches about their experiences, which highlighted the activities they had enjoyed including travel to USA, Africa, Nepal, China, Cyprus, France and Austria .

To achieve their gold award each of the participants had to take part in a physical activity, pursue a personal interest, volunteer for 12 months and complete a four-day expedition as well as join a five day residential experience.

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Individual recipients take between 12 months and nine years to complete all sections of their awards.

It is the 60th anniversary of DofE Awards and to mark the occasion a speech was given by Judy Scotney from Peterborough who was the first girl in the area to achieve her gold award in 1964.

Most notable in her time was learning wood-working, car maintenance and electrical safety. Her achievements were documented in a Pathe News item at the time entitled ‘Woman Does Man’s Work’.

The gold award youngsters will now receive their certificates at a Royal presentation in St James’s Palace in London, where they will meet Prince Philip or Prince Edward.

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