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Civic reception held for prize guys

GOLD STANDARD ... Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson with Steven Godwin and, from left, Laura Harrison, Duke or Edinburgh Awards Manager, Martin Simpson, Elisha Newell, Coun Joan Atkinson and Mayoress Patricia Ridley.

GOLD STANDARD ... Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson with Steven Godwin and, from left, Laura Harrison, Duke or Edinburgh Awards Manager, Martin Simpson, Elisha Newell, Coun Joan Atkinson and Mayoress Patricia Ridley.

three young people who have given up their time to help others have had their efforts recognised at a civic reception.

Steven Godwin, Laura Harrison and Elisha Newell were invited to South Shields Town Hall after completing their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards.

The reception followed a five-day residential course at an outdoor centre and a National Trust site.

They have also completed a range of volunteer activities, including helping at youth groups, working as pool lifeguards and taking part in dog-training sessions.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, presented them with their awards.

He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award gives young people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop skills for life and forge lasting friendships.

“It takes a great deal of commitment to complete the gold award, but the unique experiences and valuable skills they have learned, mean these young people can look forward to a very bright future.”

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