Bolton-by-Bowland teen earns gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

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A STUDENT from Gisburn was presented with his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at St James’ Palace in London.

Marc Glover (18), who attended Bolton-by-Bowland CE Primary School, Bowland High School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, had a memorable day at the palace with his mother Janet Glover as his guest.

“HRH Prince Philip honoured us with his presence, chatting to each group and a few brief words uttered to the parents,” recalled Janet. “He presented the gold awards to the group leaders, but individuals were presented with their certificates by the Premiership Football referee, Chris Foy.

“After the event we were allowed to wander around the splendid red and gold decorated rooms – The Throne Room, The Tapestry Room – set in Henry VIII style, the next room housed the cannon and armour from the sunken Mary Rose. An unforgettable experience to be cherished.”

Marc, who is currently in his first semester at Plymouth University studying Robotics, has always enjoyed out-of-school activities such as karate, cubs and scouts, playing cricket with Bolton-by-Bowland Cricket Club, Chatburn Cricket Club, Clitheroe Cricket Club and the youth group – Ribble Valley Young People’s Service (YPS) – where he continued with his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Marc had to achieve all five parts including a 75km-long expedition in the Yorkshire Dales, a residential in Wales at Plas Y Brenin plus five days at a National Mountaineering Centre. Marc also served for 12 months helping out with Slaidburn Youth Group and, for the physical recreation part, completed 18 months of the cross fit exercise regime in a local gym. For the skill element, Marc achieved grade six on his electric guitar in 12 months.

Through the experience Marc made new friends, learnt new skills, as well as thoroughly enjoyed the experience which he would highly recommend to others.