Rewarding youngsters for their ‘D of E’ achievements

Recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh awards
Recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh awards

Young people from across Scarborough have been rewarded for their achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Scarborough’s mayor Cllr Helen Mallory invited youngsters from the Borough to the Town Hall in St Nicholas Street to congratulate them on achieving their awards.

Cllr Mallory heard about the array of achievements the youngsters had completed during the process, including volunteering at St Catherine’s Hospice, sports leadership, helping with libraries in the area, acting as football coaches and helping with Brownies.

Skill development has included learning to drive, playing musical instruments whilst some are as varied as taxidermy and circus skills.

The young people spoke of their many experiences, focusing especially on the gruelling expedition section.

Unit leaders, councillors, parents and supporters from the region and North Yorkshire attended. Youngsters attended from Scarborough Sixth Form College, which had 25 Gold Award recipients. George Pindar Community Sports College, Whitby Community College and Brompton Hall School.

Tom Potter, chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Forum for the Scarborough, Whitby and Filey area, said: “Every year when we hear of the students fantastic achievements in so many different spheres it makes the Forum very proud to support them and this amazing Award.

“We are very grateful to the Borough for welcoming us all back to the Town Hall and for the Mayor’s keen interest in the scheme.

“These young people have met a physical and mental challenge in the expedition section and their volunteering really shows what committed young people they are. Here we have in our towns young citizens we can be extremely proud of.

“Very few young people have the opportunity to take part in the Award and it is a tribute to the few schools and colleges who do make the effort to run it, to see and celebrate the successes of their young people.”

Mr Potter also thanked Nick Craig-Tyler, the retiring chairman, for all his efforts over the past years in supporting the Award.

The evening programme also featured Neil Forrest from the Regional D of E office.