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Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Edward and Sophie praise city scheme
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Edward and Sophie presented awards
The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been continuing their visit to Northern Ireland.

Prince Edward and Sophie visited Belfast Activity Centre at Barnett Park on Saturday, where they praised the work it carried out.

The centre was formed 14 years ago by the Duke of Edinburgh Special Projects scheme and is due to undergo a 550,000 facelift.

"Within the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland is the only place with a wild country trail in the heart of its city," the prince said.

Earlier on Saturday, the royal couple attended the opening of a Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme conference at the Fire Service training centre in Belfast.

Prince Edward presented certificates to young people who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

The Countess presented a number of Access Organisation certificates.

They are due to leave the province later on Saturday, completing the two-day visit.

It precedes next month's visit by the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee year.

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