WELL DONE SON: Harry Tunstall with parents Davina and Christopher Tunstall after receiving his award
WELL DONE SON: Harry Tunstall with parents Davina and Christopher Tunstall after receiving his award

A DALE teenager has been presented with a prestigious award for the highest achieving gamekeeper apprentice from a regional agricultural college.

Harry Tunstall, 18, of Bowes, said he was “very pleased” to be presented with the Rufus Beldam prize for his efforts at Newton Rigg College, Penrith. He received the award at the end of year ceremony.

The modest teenager, who was brought up on a farm, said he always enjoyed working outdoors but is passionate about gamekeeping after getting a taste of the life while grouse beating. When studying for his GCSEs at Teesdale School he volunteered on weekends and school holidays helping gamekeepers.

After securing an apprenticeship on Bowes Moor, Harry attended block release courses at Newton Rigg Agricultural College to attain his level two gamekeeping certificate.

However, part way through his studies Mr Tunstall was offered a position working for the Duke of Northumberland on an award-winning wild grey partridge project.

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Mr Tunstall moved to Northumberland in October last year but returned to receive his award from the college.

And despite the heat he donned his traditional tweed gamekeeping outfit.

Harry added he was grateful to the assistance and advice he received from his tutor Jason Dakin which he said will be invaluable.

A keen cricketer, having played for both Barnard Castle and Barningham, he is now making the most of his spare time working as a conservation gamekeeper by playing for Alnmouth Cricket Club.