A MAN from Bidford-on-Avon got the royal seal of approval when he went to St. James’ Palace to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Scott Nash, aged 21, who works at The Frog, in Bidford, joined hundreds of young achievers from across the UK to receive their certificates from Prince Philip just before Christmas.

The Gold Award Presentation is a celebration and recognition of their achievements in the Gold D of E programme, which was founded in 1956 by its patron The Duke of Edinburgh.

Mr Nash had to complete five sections of his D of E programme over 12 months which included volunteering in a charity shop for 12 months, taking part in a four-day practice and then assessed expedition and also learned a musical instrument through the “skills” section of the programme.

“The D of E experience has taught me valuable skills for life and I will continue to take part in the activities that I have started throughout the award," he said. "I have helped the community due to the award. I volunteered at a charity shop for 12 months”.

Mr Nash added that meeting Prince Philip was "brilliant" but also surreal after seeing him on the television.

"He was a nice person, " he said. "We were in a big group, he picked out some people to ask questions and he congratulated us all on completing the award. The ceremony was just before Christmas so he wished us all a happy Christmas and a happyNew Year."