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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 21:57 GMT 22:57 UK
Anti-drug film show for royals
The Earl of Wessex presents an award to Jason Jennings
The Earl of Wessex presents an award to Jason Jennings

The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been shown a film about the hopes, fears and good intentions of people recovering from long-term drug addiction.

The Royal couple, on the second day of a tour of official engagements in south east Wales, met members of a drama group based in a drug treatment centre in Newport.

Prince Edward presented Duke of Edinburgh Award certificates to young people involved in the project, whose aim is to show that recovering addicts can change.

One of those he met was 32-year-old Jason Jennings, who inspired the group to make the film, called 3 Ways to Go, and wrote the script.

Young people were more likely to take note of the film, involving people who are real-life recovering addicts, said Mr Jennings.

"We've been through it. We are people and we want to change."

Pool table

Drama therapist Angela Brinkworth said the group felt people who were dependent on drugs would identify with the film.

A grant of nearly #5,000 from Awards for All Wales was also presented at the event at the Dolman Theatre in Newport.

On Wednesday the Countess of Wessex tried her hand at the pool table during a visit to youth offending team in south east Wales.

The countess tried a pot shot on the visit to the Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent Youth Offending Team at Pontllanfraith, south east Wales.

The couple's tour also included a visit to Rougemont School near Newport, where a seminar was held about the Duke of Edinburgh award in independent schools.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex on a visit to south Wales
The countess lines up the yellow on the pool table

The prince has taken over sponsoring the award for youngsters which was launched by his father.

They also visited the St David's Foundation Hospice in the city and learnt about the work of three voluntary hospices in the area, meeting patients and their families.

In their final engagement - a Celtic challenge at the Celtic Manor Resort Golf Club - the couple watched young people taking part in a range of outdoor activities.

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