There was a time - I'm sure there was! - when the "older" generation moaned about the "youth of today". That said, I don't recall hearing any old gits (like me) complaining recently about the younger generations. Personally, I have never felt that there has been anything wrong with the youth of whatever day. There are rotten apples in every barrel - but there are plenty of good, healthy ones as well!
I thought that today I would highlight just a couple of the success stories I have heard recently.
I'll start with Kidane Cousland. Now aged 24, he grew up on a rough council estate in Tottenham, north London, one of three sons of a single mother. At the age of 11 he was still unable to read and he left school with just 3 GCSE "C" grades. He joined the army at 16 and was eventually selected for officer training. He has now graduated top of his class at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and been presented with the Sword of Honour.
Then there is Zoe North. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy just before her second birthday, her family were told she would never be able to walk unassisted.
Yet, 18 years on, she has managed to defy the worst of the doctors’ prognoses to take part in the London Marathon - although she was given a head start. In fact, she started last Wednesday and spent each of four days covering about five miles in about 3 1/2 hours. Yesterday, the day of the marathon, she set off to complete the final stretch. Her efforts had raised more than £90,000 for charity when she started yesterday, and could well bring in over £100,00.
And there are just so many more youngsters to whom I am privileged to take off my hat.