D of E winners are invited to anniversary celebration

Duke of Edinburgh award winners from the past 60 years are being invited to a celebratory garden party in Northumberland this summer.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 28 February, 2016, 15:00
Mike Allport

The event, at Kirkley Hall on Sunday, July 17, is being organised to coincide with the award’s diamond jubilee.

It is being organised by the Cheviots & Border Hills Expedition Assessor’s Network.

Mike Allport, who got his Duke of Edinburgh award in 1963, said: “As people will know, those who achieve their gold award are given the opportunity to attend a garden party at one of the royal palaces. This is a tradition and a memorable experience for many.

“We are hoping to bring together as many people as we can to share their experiences with others at a northern garden party on Sunday, July 17, based at Kirkley Hall just outside Ponteland. Our hope is to get at least one person from every year since the awards were presented.”

The event will provide some great opportunities to reminisce, as well as chart the changing nature of the scheme over the years.

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“Hopefully participants will be able to lend us material to allow us to put on a display about their D of E experience,” said Mike, who is now helping youngsters from the Wooler area do the award.”

Bronze and silver award holders and trainers are also invited.

This will be a ticketed event as numbers will be limited to 500. Any surplus money will go to the D of E charity to support the future of the award.

For further information, contact Mike Allport by emailing cheviots@dofe.org