Royal visit for Lea Green

Prince Edward Visits Lea Green
Prince Edward Visits Lea Green

It was an action-packed Royal visit when Prince Edward came to Lea on Friday, May 6.

The Earl of Wessex met youngsters taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards scheme at the Lea Green Centre.

Prince Edward Visits Lea Green and is welcomed by pupils from Lea Primary School

Prince Edward Visits Lea Green and is welcomed by pupils from Lea Primary School

He was greeted by dozens of pupils from Lea Primary School, who applauded him as he arrived at the Centre.

Then the Prince met Centre leaders and councillors, before being whisked off on a tour of the grounds, where he met 150 young people who are currently working towards their bronze, silver and gold awards.

He chatted with some of the youngsters as they were taking part in activities including high rope courses and a team swing.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold award winner Bryony Smallman, 20, from Holloway, showed the Prince around Lea Green.

She said: “It was amazing, he was so nice and down to earth, I didn’t feel like I was talking to a royal.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a great thing to do and have on your CV, I’d recommend it to everyone.”

Megan Woods, 16, of Highfields School, who is working towards her silver award, introduced the Prince to her friends as they used the climbing wall.

Megan said: “He was really nice, he asked what awards we were doing and what expeditions we were going out on.

“It’s not every day you get to meet royalty.”

Jessie Hesp, 15, of the Anthony Gell School, in Wirksworth, chatted to the Prince as she was taking part in activities on the high rope courses.

She said: “It was exciting to meet the Prince. He was asking what we do for the awards.

“We do volunteering, sports and recreation and we’re going on a two day expedition.”

Richard Storey, 20, of Clowne College, in Chesterfield, was also taking part in the high rope courses.

He said: “I was excited to meet the Prince. I’m going to remember meeting him.

“It’s exciting that he’s William’s uncle, I’d like to get him to introduce me to Kate.”

Prince Edward was visiting the centre to celebrate impressive results of an inspection of DofE work taking place across the county.

And he presented Derbyshire County Council chairman, councillor George Wharmby, with a licence for the authority to continue its Duke of Edinburgh’s Award work for the next three years.

Councillor Wharmby said: “We were delighted to welcome Prince Edward to see the excellent work which is taking place across the county.”

Around 25 award recipients made presentations to Prince Edward during his visit to Lea Green – sharing their experiences of the awards and saying how they had benefited from taking part.