Dorset Youth Association celebrated in royal fashion to mark its 70th anniversary. HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO attended a garden party at Moreton Gardens on 22nd July 2013.

Dorset Youth Association (DYA) celebrated in royal fashion to mark its 70th Anniversary. HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO attended a garden party at Moreton Gardens on 22nd July 2013.

Prince Edward met with representatives from some of the 62 clubs and groups involved with DYA. The Prince was very interested in the different activities the young people undertook and the amount of time the voluntary youth leaders put into make these clubs run.

Before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion the Prince told the 200 guests, including 120 young people, at the event – “Thank you very much for inviting me to come and join you today and congratulations for 70 years of excellent service”.

Among those to speak to the Prince Edward were volunteers Demi Watts and Max Purkiss from Dorchester Youth Centre, which has been running for 45 years.

Demi, 15, said “We help out with all the events we do, making sure young people are supported. He asked about what we do on a day to day basis and how long it’s been going”.

He also spoke to representatives from the Portland Drop In Centre, including the Rev Chris Briggs, who said the Prince was very engaging.

Among the first young peoples to meet the royal visitor were Issy Eastwood, 18, and Jennifer Palmer, 20, both from Weymouth. They got to tell the Prince about their Walking in Their Shoes Project that explores Dorset’s ancient pathways.

Dorset Youth Association was privileged to have The Earl of Wessex attend their celebration marking an outstanding contribution to young people in Dorset.

And the sun shone for us!