Young people from across Cambridgeshire gathered for a special ceremony to mark their achievement in gaining Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards.
Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Hugh Duberly presented the 32 young people with letters of commendation at the ceremony, which was held at Hinchingbrooke School’s Performing Arts Centre in Huntingdon.
Award achievers, parents, leaders and guests attended the presentation, which was organised by Cambridgeshire County Council and supported by Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Huntingdon District Council.
Several recipients gave speeches about their experiences, which highlighted the breadth and variety of the activities they had enjoyed to attain their awards. Participants at the presentation had taken part in activities in the UK, Australia, Denmark, Cameroon, France and Namibia. Challenge and Adventure were common themes in the young people’s achievements.
To achieve their Gold award each of the participants had to take part in a physical activity, pursue a personal interest, spend a minimum of 12 months volunteering, complete a 4-day expedition and join a residential experience.
Individual recipients took between 18 months and 5 years to complete all sections of their awards. The final stage will be to receive their Gold certificates at a Royal presentation in St James’s Palace in London, where they will get to meet Prince Philip or Prince Edward.