Prince Edward drops in at Mile End Park for Duke of Edinburgh Award 60th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 11:12 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 14 November 2016
Prince Edward met youngsters taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award to mark its Diamond anniversary when he visited London’s East End.
He saw youngsters taking part in activities at Mile End Park on Friday which make up the Award programme, including expedition training, rock climbing, cycle training, BMX training and archery.
The Award celebrates its 60th year giving by more help to youngsters who may have previously been unable to afford to take part.
The highest levels of involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme is in east London, the Prince heard, with Tower Hamlets topping the list along with neighbouring Hackney and Newham out of all the 32 London boroughs.
“The popularity of the Award has been a real success story for the East End,” Tower Hamlets chief executive Will Tuckley said.
“Many youngsters are challenging themselves to learn skills, take up new activities and push themselves to achieve goals to be proud of.”
The Duke, who also met head teachers and youth-workers involved in the scheme, unveiled a plaque at Mile End’s Urban Adventure Base to mark Friday’s royal visit.