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Beccles: RAF veteran returns to his old school the day after he was featured on ITV’s Harry’s South Pole Heroes with Prince Harry

17:51 17 March 2014

RAF veteran Duncan Slater , the first double amputee to reach the South Pole with Prince Harry visited The Old School, in Henstead, to talk to the pupils about his trip.
 May Drinkell and Nicholas Saunders in Duncan

RAF veteran Duncan Slater , the first double amputee to reach the South Pole with Prince Harry visited The Old School, in Henstead, to talk to the pupils about his trip. May Drinkell and Nicholas Saunders in Duncan's sleeping bag coat.

An RAF veteran who took part in a televised trek to the South pole with Prince Harry returned to see pupils at a Beccles school today.

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RAF veteran Duncan Slater , the first double amputee to reach the South Pole with Prince Harry visited The Old School, in Henstead, to talk to the pupils about his trip.RAF veteran Duncan Slater , the first double amputee to reach the South Pole with Prince Harry visited The Old School, in Henstead, to talk to the pupils about his trip.

Sergeant Duncan Slater gave an assembly to pupils at The Old School in Henstead, near Beccles, about his experiences with the Prince as they made their way across the Antarctic.

The first part of the challenge featured in Harry’s South Pole Heroes on Sunday night on ITV, with the second part on this weekend.

Sgt Slater, who lost both of his legs after he was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009, first visited the school last year when he joined pupils on a sponsored walk to Lowestoft.

The walk was in aid of Walking for the Wounded, a charity that re-educates and re-trains wounded servicemen and women and the school raised nearly £3,000 for the charity.

Sgt Slater was the first double amputee to reach the South Pole.

Headmaster Joe McKinney said: “We were very pleased to see him here. He spoke about his adventure of the South Pole.

“It’s really inspirational for the children, they were really excited.

“They remembered him fondly from last summer.”

The pupils asked Sgt Slater about being at the South Pole, with questions including how difficult it was to get changed in the snow without getting cold and wet.

Year five pupil Nick said: “I think it is amazing that we get to see him again after he has done something so incredible.”

Mr McKinney said: “It’s just so inspirational to see how much time he has for children. He was always there to answer the questions, from the smallest reception pupil to the oldest in Year 6.”

Polly, who is in Year 2, said: “It was better than good - it was fantastic!”

Year 1 pupil Joe said: “I enjoyed when he did the sponsored walk with us and it was great when Duncan came back to school.”

May, a pupil in Year 4 added: “I enjoyed seeing his coats and all the stuff he had to wear at the South Pole.

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