By Zoe Fripp
In a showcase demonstrating the achievements and skills learnt by regional secondary school pupils as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, The Earl of Wessex KG GVO and Trustee of the Award visited The University of Hertfordshire.
He was greeted by Robert Voss CBE, The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and Governor of the University, and in his company were a number of other important faces, most notably Welwyn Hatfield Council Mayor, Barbara Fitzsimon, plus the Chancellor of the University and other members of the Hertfordshire Council.
Professor Ian Campbell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire told the University press office: “We are delighted to host the Earl of Wessex and the exhibition, in celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, by young people in Hertfordshire. The Award scheme has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life and this very much fits in with us as a vibrant and inclusive university.”
The event was to inform of the achievements of pupils from 14 schools and organisations in Hertfordshire. Performances on the day included a wheelchair dance routine performed by young people from Lonsdale School in Stevenage, with physical and neurological disabilities.
The Hatfield and De Havilland Squadron Air Force Cadets also performed a drill demonstration, and the Mid Herts Scout Association showcased their volunteering efforts.
As well as celebrating the achievements of the secondary school pupils, The Earl also met University of Hertfordshire students who are undertaking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, and the staff who are volunteers and assessing the scheme.