Matthew gets royal award

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Pontefract teenager Matthew Price has achieved the highest accolade of the Boys’ Brigade after receiving the Queen’s Award.

Matthew, 17, a member of the 1st Ackworth Boys’ Brigade for 12 years, is only the second person in the history of the company, which formed in 1975, to gain the award.

He had to complete a range of tasks and challenges to gain the award, which was presented to him by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, the Hon Tony Worth, at a ceremony at Grimsby Town Hall, followed by a celebration on Sunday at the brigade’s annual awards at Ackworth Methodist Church.

Matthew’s mother Ruth Price said: “To achieve the award Matthew had to already hold the President’s Badge, and he had to taken an increasingly responsible role in the company.

“He has helped the Anchor Boy section, working with boys aged five to eight, and attended courses to develop craft skills for this age group.

“He also helped and participated in the Anchor Boys’ fun day held in Ackworth for companies from the Yorkshire area.”

Matthew, a former head boy at Carleton Community High School, also developed his skills on tenor horn, playing with Knottingley Concert Brass and swam about 30 miles during the time he worked for the award.

Ruth added: “Matthew also helped in the community as a volunteer in a day nursery, which he found challenging but rewarding and he also attended residential leadership courses and a week-long battalion camp.”

Matthew is now fundraising with nine other brigade members to visit The Isiah Trust in Kenya next year.