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Duke of Edinburgh students’ Palace visit.

Duke of Edinburgh students’ Palace visit.

Eight former Blackpool Sixth Form College students recently visited Buckingham Palace to receive their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards which they worked on whilst studying at the college.

The students received their Gold Awards on a beautiful day in May in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne spoke to the participants about their award and congratulated them on their achievements.

The guest speaker was Bonita Norris the youngest female British climber to climb Everest. Bonita presented the certificates and gave an impassioned speech about what makes her climb mountains.

Hannah Roe, who completed the expedition stage of the award in 2016 reflected, “The Duke of Edinburgh Award gave me the opportunity to volunteer at the Alzheimer’s home where my grandma was being looked after. I was able to meet a variety of elderly with many fascinating stories to tell as well as the inspiring staff who take great care of their patients.”

Nick Royle, whose expedition was in 2014 added, “Duke of Edinburgh has been a long challenging journey, but so worth it the end. I have created new friends, found new experiences and overall thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Alan Lloyd, Blackpool Sixth Vice Principal and manager of the college’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme said, “The day was a wonderful experience. It made me exceptionally proud that so many of our students were being recognised for all the hard work, determination and commitment they demonstrated to achieve their gold award.”

More information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme at Blackpool Sixth is available here.

Photo information – from left to right; Dan Farley (2016), Niamh Banks (2014), Ben Riley (2016), Hannah Roe (2016), Alan Lloyd (DofE Manager), Abi Lee (2012), Dan Roskell (2013) and Nicholas Royle (2014). Also present at the award, but unfortunately missed this photocall was Oliver Booth (2017).
The number in brackets indicates the year of their Duke of Edinburgh expedition.