Young Kilmington award winners praised

Certificates presented to successful Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates

YOUNG achievers were praised at a special ceremony in Kilmington Village Hall.

Local Duke of Edinburgh award winners were given a pat on the back by Peter Halse, Chairman of the East Devon District Council.

He handed out the certificates during a fund-raising quiz night conducted by the Rev Alastair McCollum, who thanked Anna Cope, the supervisor of the D of E Award group, and Steve Biddle her assistant.

He said they both spent much time and effort instructing the young people in the scheme and ensuring their safety by day and night on the mountains and moors.

Mr Halse said how impressed he was with the achievements of the recipients.

Awards went to:

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Gold: Finlay Prescott

Silver: Sophie Keywood, Thomas Clarke, Marina Renee-Cemmick, Annie Parr, Alice Tunks

Bronze: Hannah Simpson, Alice Jenkin, Chris Boxall.

Mr Halse presented their certificates with the exceptions of Annie Parr and Alice Tunks, who were unable to be present, and Finlay Prescott who will receive his gold award from Prince Phillip in St James’ Palace at a later date.

Some �400 was raised during the evening to help meet the cost of expeditions, training and equipment.

Pictured is Mr Halse with silver winner Sophie Keywood