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More than 500 Bexley Duke of Edinburgh Awards handed out

PUBLISHED: 10:27 23 November 2012

Gold award winners Gabriel Fagbenor, Katie Barnard and Jennifer Barnard with Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing (second left)

Gold award winners Gabriel Fagbenor, Katie Barnard and Jennifer Barnard with Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing (second left)

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More than 500 people in Bexley received their Duke of Edinburgh awards in an evening of celebration opened up by two Olympic torchbearers

So many people were receiving the awards at St John’s the Evangelist Church in Church Road, Sidcup, that they were accepted in two sessions to accommodate family and friends.

Part-time youth worker Dawn Saunders and Charlotte Lock, a member of Bexley Youth Council, who both carried the Olympic torch through Bexley on July 22, got proceedings underway.

In total 541 young people received awards for volunteering, taking part in an expedition or learning a skill among other things in the last 18 months.

Award winners put in a combined total of 17.914 hours over that time.

The Mayor of Bexley Cllr Alan Downing said: “To present these awards is a real pleasure for me.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a symbol of determination, effort and leadership and any recipient should feel very proud.”

To find out more about the scheme visit www.bexley.gov.uk/dukeofedinburgh.

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