Prince Edward visits Bearsden Academy

Earl of Wessex at Bearsden Academy ' DofE awards  with OBEs: Meeting the Boclair AC. guests'2nd May 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Earl of Wessex at Bearsden Academy ' DofE awards with OBEs: Meeting the Boclair AC. guests'2nd May 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

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PRINCE Edward met pupils involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Bearsden Academy and also handed out fiveBritish Empire Medals.

The Earl of Wessex chatted to pupils from throughout East Dunbartonshire during his visit.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We have a strong Duke of Edinburgh programme in East Dunbartonshire, with the number of individuals participating having tripled in the past five years.

“It has been fantastic for the participants here today to meet with the Earl of Wessex and talk to him about what they have done to achieve their Awards.

“With volunteering being an important aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards it was also very appropriate for the young Duke of Edinburgh participants to see the British Empire Medal recipients receive their awards and receive such recognition for their volunteering services.”

The British Empire Medal recipients were Jennifer Donald from Milngavie for services to older people in the town.

Ian Dickson and Alan Kilpatrick, both from Milngavie, got medals for services to the welfare of people with cancer in the West of Scotland.

They both set up the Friends of the Beatson charity, which helps to improve care for cancer patients.

Colin Gardiner from Helensburgh received his award for services to the RNLI and James Macrae was honoured for voluntary service in Dunbartonshire.

Bearsden Academy headteacher George Cooper said: “We actively encourage our young people to get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

“It is great to see that this commitment to what is a really worthwhile activity has been recognised by this very special visit.”