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Duke of Edinburgh

Exhibition Piece: These walking boots and trangia signify that the Duke of Edinburgh awards have been part of Impington students’ lives since at least 1963. As part of achieving the awards, an expedition section should be completed, and this is what these two items represent.

The Duke of Edinburgh award was first established in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and within the first year, 7,000 boys had already signed up.  Over time, it has grown into a popular charity with programmes spreading not only throughout the United Kingdom, but across the commonwealth countries too.  Today, there are more than 83,000 awards achieved each year, with the hope that participant numbers will continue to rise and inspire all people to take part.

Impington Village College has long supported their students in pursuing DofE awards.  In 1963, a group of students from the college met the Duke of Edinburgh at a reward ceremony at Leys School in Cambridge.  The image below shows three young men who completed their silver award.

“Since 1956 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.  It has gone from strength to strength, with 195 Awards currently being achieved every day and employers in every field of industry recognising the value of the experiences gained and the skills and characteristics developed by the young people that take part.  Increased support from like-minded individuals and businesses will make it possible for even more people to take part and achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and help build a brighter future for the United Kingdom.” HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 2010.