Councillor hails Stockport Duke of Edinburgh awards haul

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YOUNG people from across the borough of Stockport have been awarded the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh award.

In a glittering reception at Stockport Town Hall a total of 246 awards were presented including 15 golds, 32 silvers and 199 bronzes.

To gain a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, young people aged between 14 and 25, need to reach the required standard in four sections: volunteering (activities helping others), skill (such as playing a musical instrument), physical recreation (such as dancing or football), and a multi-day expedition. At gold level people take part in a five day residential project.

Councillor Shan Alexander, Stockport Council’s executive member for lifelong learning and achievement, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for so many of Stockport’s young people to gain The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award this year. I would like to congratulate the young people on their huge success.”

Pictured are three of the gold award winners: Woodsmoor Rangers duo Ruth Franklin (second left), and Hannah Johnson (second right), and Chapel en-le Frirth’s Christian Ogden (right), also pictured, left to right, are the authority’s Alan Pashley, Coun Alexander and the Mayor of Stockport Chris Murphy.