Alford Duke of Edinburgh award recipients meet Prince Andrew

Alice Crowhurst, Kerry Yaxley, Kirsty Sipmson, Callum Mcgilloway, Matthew Kent, Matthew Parker and Ben Whitwham with their awards. Photo supplied.
Alice Crowhurst, Kerry Yaxley, Kirsty Sipmson, Callum Mcgilloway, Matthew Kent, Matthew Parker and Ben Whitwham with their awards. Photo supplied.
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A number of former students from the John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford got the chance to rub shoulders with royalty recently when they popped to London to receive their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Duke of Edinburgh award recipients Alice Crowhurst, Kerry Yaxley, Kirsty Sipmson, Callum Mcgilloway, Matthew Kent, Matthew Parker and Ben Whitwham stopped off at St James Palace, where they met Prince Andrew.

Three further recipients, Alex Mountain, Luke Chaplin and Will Allen, couldn’t make the trip due to work and university commitments.

The majority of the students have been part of the Duke of Edinburgh award since they were in year nine at John Spendluffe Technology College, when they started the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award consists of a number of volunteering, residential, fundraising, skilled and training events as well as expeditions. Some of the fundraising events were a wheelbarrow push and the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge’.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to Paul Marriott and Janice Gurd for giving us the opportunity to give us a once in a life time experience that will never be forgotten, and all the hard work, effort and time they have put in to make it happen. We really appreciate it,” said a spokesperson for the group.