Golden girls

Joseph Bulmer

TWO young North Devon women have received Duke of Edinburgh gold awards at a special presentation ceremony held at St.James’s Palace in London.

Laura Harvey , 21, of Bideford and Monique Fulford , 20, from Torrington, joined more than 100 gold award winners from across the South West to collect their awards in the presence of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Laura and Monique completed their award, including an expedition held in Spain, as members of Devon Army Cadet Force.

Both are now employed in retail management positions.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offers opportunities for personal development through undertaking and committing to a series of activities and other challenges and is recognised nationally by employers.