Help celebrate Award’s 60th anniversary

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Residents who took part in a national scheme are being sought ahead of a special celebration.

North Tyneside Council is looking for those who have completed a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award over the last 60 years to share their memories as part of a national celebration of the scheme’s Diamond Jubilee.

The council’s Participation and Advocacy team now oversee the scheme in the borough and are planning a celebration event at the end of June, involving Award-holders going back over the decades.

So far, the team have collected some records and press cuttings going back to 1974, but are keen to hear from people with their own memories, stories and photographs.

Press cuttings gathered up to now include stories of eight girls who collected their Gold awards at a civic reception at Wallsend Town Hall in 1980; and a 24-year-old partially-sighted lady from Shiremoor, who completed a 17-mile hike in 1978 with her guide dog for the expedition part of the scheme.

Anyone who would like to contribute their own stories or photographs to the project should call (0191) 643 8587 or email helen.jarvis@northtyneside.gov.uk

For more on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme visit www.dofe.org.