Five young volunteers were presented with commemorative certificates in recognition of their work to help reduce sales of alcohol to consumers under the age of 18 years.
In making the presentations at Kingston Guildhall on Tuesday 3 January, the Mayor, Councillor Yogan Yoganathan praised the young people for their work alongside Trading Standards Officers.
Working with Kingston Trading Standards and the Police in the weeks before Christmas, the volunteers helped carry out test-purchases at 70 off-licences and supermarkets in the Royal Borough. The test purchase programme is undertaken to help ensure that licensed premises uphold the law and do not sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 years.
Commenting, The Mayor said: “I am so pleased to see these young people helping their local community. I thank the young for their work, and their parents for supporting them.
Trading Standards Officers ran test purchase sessions throughout November and into December and could not have done this without this excellent support from our young people. We hear so many stories associating young people with negative things, it is gratifying to celebrate the good work that is being done by these youngsters, who I’m sure represent the majority.”
Kingston’s Chief Trading Standards Officer, Ted Forsyth, added: “We could not have done this work with out them and I’m pleased that we have been able to publicly recognise their community work at this ceremony.”