Golden boys hit the heights

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ENTERPRISING students climbed mountains to meet royalty – literally.

Mathew Edwards and Mark Roper headed off to St James’ Palace in London to meet The Earl of Essex.

They were presented with the coveted Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Gold Award, a culmination of almost 10 years hard work.

Mathew and Mark are both members of the Blackpool Council’s Young People Services and started work on their award when they were both in high school.

They tackled mountains in the Lake District, such as Scafell, Great Gable and Hellvelyn and continued with some epic expeditions to some of the most remote and wildest parts of Scotland.

Along the way, as well as taking part in a wide range of activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking, they both completed a three-day Wild Country Expedition on foot in the lakes, and a gruelling 4 day Coast to Coast ride, on mountain bikes, from Whitehaven to Sunderland.

On leaving school, Mathew, continued his studies at Blackpool and The Fylde College, where he recently graduated with a degree in graphic design. Mark, who attended Arnold School, is currently away at Plymouth University. They both managed to find time during their studies to continue with their D of E work and achieve the Gold award.