The Company of Fellmongers of Richmond gave their annual awards to Richmondshire apprentices and young soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment last week.
The event at Richmond Town Hall was held to celebrate the achievements of young adults just starting out on their careers.
Welcoming them all, Baroness Harrris stressed that the Fellmongers of Richmond had always flourished through the success of its young people and the talent they brought to the town through their working lives.
Speaking after the presentations, General Lord Houghton told them all that at their age he would never have dreamt that he would rise to the top of the Army.
“Aim high and believe in yourselves,” was his message to all the award winners.
Lyle Wright, an apprentice with Matthew Snowden Electrical Contractors in Richmond summed up what his training meant to him.
He said: “I can 110 per cent say that getting an apprenticeship was the best choice I have ever made.
“I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me.”
About a hundred people – parents, friends, employers and officers – to celebrate the accomplishments of the 15 young people.
The Fellmongers Company of Richmond in Yorkshire, is an ancient craft and trading company which has its origin in the Middle-Ages and was originally made up of skinners and glovers.