David Allan: May 2016
Celebrating 60 years of Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Boys from 2nd Alton BB Company joined other DofE groups in Hampshire at Winchester Cathedral to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Boys' Brigade piloted the scheme in 1955 before it was officially launched by Prince Philip in 1956, and are pleased to have been associated with this scheme throughout its existence.
The service was held at the instigation of the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, who is President of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Hampshire. Civic representatives from Hampshire County and every Borough and District attended, but the majority of those present — over 550 — were DofE participants and leaders from across the County.
1st Chandler's Ford BB provided the brass band to welcome people as they arrived, while our Will Griffiths was one of the bell-ringers in the belfry letting the city know that something was happening in the Cathedral! The bible passage from Hebrews was read clearly and competently by S/Sgt Myles Scott from our Company.
After the service, refreshments were served in the retro-choir at the east end of the Cathedral, allowing conversations between invited guests and participants.
All in all, a fitting way to celebrate sixty years of an outstanding programme for young people.
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