HUNDREDS of young people from across Sefton were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards at the annual celebration event at Southport Theatre. Guests of honour at the prestigious ceremony included The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE, The High Sheriff of Merseyside Jim Davies OBE DL, and Kevin Rodgers, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Operations Manager who presented the young participants with their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Almost 1,000 young people took part in the Duke of Edinburgh award over the last year – which involves volunteering, learning new skills and a camping expedition. Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement that so many young people from across the borough have been presented with their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. “Taking part in the programme is tough and challenging and it shows real dedication and commitment from everyone involved. “The experiences and skills that they’ve learnt will undoubtedly help to prepare them for the future, whether at college, university, or in employment.” There are 37 registered Duke of Edinburgh Award centres in Sefton providing young people, aged 14 to 24yrs, with the opportunity to take part in. For more information, ask at your local youth club, school or community centre or call Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Support team on 0151 934 3156. .