DUKE of Edinburgh gold award winners from across Cambridgeshire gathered for a ceremony at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre in Huntingdon last week.

Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Hugh Duberly presented the 33 youngsters with letters of commendation at the ceremony which was organised by Cambridgeshire County Council and supported by Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.

To achieve their gold award each of the participants had to take part in a physical activity, pursue a personal interest, spend 12 months giving voluntary service, complete a four-day expedition and join a residential experience.

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh experience, the youngsters had taken part in activities in the UK, Borneo, Cambodia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy and Turkey.

One disabled participant had even been abseiling in a wheelchair.

It can take between two and seven years to complete all sections of the award. The winners will receive their gold certificates at a Royal presentation in St James's Palace in London later this year.