Duke of Edinburgh chats to Billington teen

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A Billington teenager travelled to London to receive the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at St James’s Palace.

BBC broadcaster Sue Barker and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, presented the award to Hannah Connell and briefly spoke to her too.

Prince Philip was celebrating his 500th presentation ceremony for those who have earned the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

In order to earn the award, Hannah had to complete two expeditions, one practice and one real. This involved walking 80km over four days/three nights in the Yorkshire Dales. Hannah climbed Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough in a day.

There were various other sections to complete, such as volunteering for 12 months. She taught eight to 11-year-olds on how to improve their swimming and then learned how to play the cello.

Finally, in order to achieve the gold award, she had to complete a residential, which involved being in a completely different area away from home for five days.

She decided to accompany MP Mr Jack Straw in the House of Commons.

“During this process, I have learned a great deal and gained a lot of life experience, plus made some new friends. I would definitely encourage every young person to give the scheme a go,” said Hannah.