A group of pupils started their expedition on their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award on the day of the Duke's funeral as a token of respect to his legacy.

Year 10 pupils from Oakhill School in Whalley began an expedition up Pendle Hill, beginning in Downham, on Saturday (April 17) to begin their training on the day the creator of the award was buried.

Deputy headteacher and maths teacher Dave Peel led the expedition with the 15 teenagers who were proud to begin this stage of the award on such a 'momentous' day.

Mr Peel said: "We all felt it was the best thing to do that day.

"I didn't plan it that way but when the announced the date of the funeral I thought about cancelling.

"We went ahead with it because we all thought it was fitting really."

The Duke of Edinburgh awards, which was founded by Prince Philip in 1956, are now being practised in 144 nations.

Marking its 65th anniversary this year, the award programme celebrates young people after completing a series of self-improvement skills and has three progressive levels, bronze, silver and gold.