Prince Philip lived up to his lively reputation at a centre for young people on Friday, despite turning 93 at the start of the week. To celebrate the 50th birthday of Hindleap Warren, an outdoor activities centre in Ashdown Forrest, the Duke of Edinburgh made a Royal visit to cut the cake for the celebrations.
This was the fifth visit made by the Duke to Hindleap, who has been Patron of umbrella company Youth London since 1946.
Graham Smith, who has been an instructor at Hindleap for 27 years and has met the Duke on three different occasions, said: “He has had some bad press in the past, he can be quite sarcastic but I think that is his way of putting people at ease. He put everyone at ease today”.
Before the Duke arrived, there was a very strict protocol and staff at Hindleap ensured guests were standing in the right part of the room which corresponded with a coloured dot on their visitor badges. When Prince Philip arrived at 11am, he greeted guests, friends and investors including apprentices Tamara George and Kaiesha Wilson who work for the Knight Youth Centre, one of Youth London’s member clubs.
Hindleap Warren offers children of all ages and from different backgrounds the chance to expand their skills by doing activities such as archery, zip wire and climbing. The event on Friday 13th June marked the launch of a campaign to reach a gold standard of education for 100,000 young people over the next ten years, and instructors and visitors paid homage to the centre’s ability to transform children’s lives.
The Head of the Centre, Tony Smith, commented: “It’s not complicated what we do; it is, however, incredibly effective. Our centre tells children ‘you can do this'”.
Although he turned 93 on Tuesday, Prince Philip is showing no signs of slowing down. He visited Germany on Thursday to present campaign medals in Fallingbostel and on Saturday he will accompany Her Majesty The Queen at the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour.