Northumberland Gazette

Royal date for the golden girl

The Golden GirlA SNITTER girl has been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award at a ceremony in the Scottish capital.

Susan Barber, 19, of Snitter, pictured right, was presented the award by the BBC's Carol Malia at Holyrood Palace and spoke to Prince Philip about the scheme.

Of her royal encounter, she said: "It was really good. He was quite laid back and he had a sense of humour." Susan completed the award with the Rothbury unit run by Coquetdale Youth Association and for each section chose 'more unusual activities.'

For the expedition she went to Jotenheim in Norway and her skill was working as a shepherdess for a year on a local farm. Susan, a second year mechanical engineering student at Sheffleld University also took part in conservation work with Northumberland National Park for the service aspect of the award, which included building a fishing platform for the disabled and damming a bog on the back of Simonside.

She was also responsible for a project on the Kidland Estate, which will allow a record to be kept down the years of contemporary life.

For physical recreation, Susan played rugby league for her university woman's team and for residential, she spent a week canoeing from Brecon to Abergavenny with a group of disabled adults from Kent.

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