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38 Southwark young people trained to welcome visitors

A total of 38 young people have graduated as Southwark Young Pilgrims having successfully completed their summer course.

38 Southwark young people trained to welcome visitors
Katie Willoughby from Bankside after receiving her
Katie Willoughby from Bankside after receiving her certificates

Presentation of certificates by Southwark Mayor Jeff Hook took place on board a pleasure boat as it sailed upstream along the borough boundary.

Southwark Young Pilgrims is a holiday tourism and history course for young people aged 14-16 years. This year's students came from Notre Dame School in St George's Road, Harris Academy Peckham and the Globe Academy.

"The people on board today have a genuine achievement," said the mayor.

The Young Pilgrims information stall is a regular sight on Duke Street Hill and Clink Street during the summer. 98,000 leaflets have been handed out in 2009.

Project vice-chair Terry Wilden thanked Better Bankside and Southwark Council for support as well as St Martin's Property Corporation for its continued long-standing backing.

Those invited to the presentation included representatives of the Design Museum, Britain at War, London Bridge Experience and Tower Bridge Exhibition which also offered help for this year's project.

A message of congratulation was sent by patron Sir Michael Caine.

Fellow patron, and former Mayor, Charlie Cherill welcomed guests and students to the 25th floating prize-giving sponsored by City Cruises.

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