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Rarely do college projects become as personal as student Yvette Kenyon’s.
The Bradford College student was brought to tears as she was presented with a medal honouring her late grandfather during a dinner she arranged as part of her HND business management course.
Yvette, from Halifax, was presented with the Elizabeth Cross by the Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Dinmore MBE DL, at a dinner attended by British veterans of the Korean War and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid and Mrs Chris Reid.
The emotional lunch took place in the college’s Grove restaurant and was arranged by Yvette and fellow students Bibiana Gradosova, Joyce Chapim and Nisar Khan for the events management module of their course.
Yvette’s grandfather Fred Kenyon died in 1951 fighting in the Korean War. He was just 26 years old.
In researching her family history Yvette contacted the West Yorkshire British Korean Veterans Association, meeting one veteran who remembered her grandfather. She was also advised about her entitlement to an Elizabeth Cross, an award was created by the Queen in 2009 to recognise the loss of servicemen and women in conflicts since the end of the Second World War.
Yvette said: “I received confirmation that I was entitled to the Elizabeth Cross at the same time as I was doing the event management module on my course so came up with the idea of doing the presentation of the cross at a formal dinner for the veterans.
“It was a fantastic event. We had a great time.”
Upon presenting Yvette with the award, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dinmore said: “It is a privilege and pleasure for me to be here to represent her Majesty the Queen on this auspicious occasion when we present the Elizabeth Cross to Yvette.
“It is a special delight for me because two years ago I had the honour of presenting to a number of veterans here today the peace medal.
“The Korean War was a most unpleasant conflict and often referred to as the forgotten war.
“It is essential we don’t forget those who served in and died in that conflict.”
Almost 100,000 British troops fought in the Korean War, which took place between1950 and 1953.
Bradford College offers a huge range of business courses from apprenticeships through to further education, degree-level and postgraduate. Places are still available on courses starting this September. For more details see the college website or attend the next open day on Saturday July 1.