Safety in action will be celebrated at an historic location...

THE DUCHESS of Gloucester will be celebrating Safety in Action at Herstmonceux Castle on June 23 to celebrate 20 years of encouraging young people to think for themselves about safety.

The event organiser, Wealden District Council, is also to receive a special accreditation from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents.

“We are thrilled that the Duchess will be visiting Safety in Action in this, our 20th year,” said Councillor Johanna Howell. “We are now beginning to see our second generation of young people attending this multi-service event which provides them with a unique experience in recognising and safely managing a wide range of risks which they may encounter in the outside world. “Over the past 20 years, more than 10,000 young people from primary schools in Wealden have benefited from the Safety in Action.

“The RSPA’s award is an acknowledgment of the hard work put in by all participating organisations over the years to make Safety in Action a stimulating environment where young people can learn by experience.”

This year 579 children from 24 local primary schools will be attending Safety in Action week.

Each child will receive a participation certificate. The Safer Wealden Partnership has sponsored the £150 prize for the winning school and Servomex, Crowborough, has donated £150 for the Lawrence Reeve Memorial Trophy which will be presented to the school achieving the highest marks in the road safety scenario.