Scouts celebrate centenary
THE oldest Scout group in Plymouth celebrated its 100th anniversary with people aged from six to 98-years-old mingling together.
The Seventh Plymouth Scout Group, based in Outland Road, held a day full of outdoor activities with ceremonial readings from the deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Chaz Singh, the County Commissioner of the Scout Movement, John Jarvis, and a prayer read by Methodist Minister Doug Rix.
The group's leader said he was "extremely proud" of all the work put in by Scout members and their parents to make the event happen. The 100th anniversary came just five years after the national Scout movement's celebrated theirs in 2007.
"It was very enjoyable and we were quite chuffed because the ages ranged so wide and everyone was quite happy talking to each other, getting involved," said Bill Hooper, group leader.
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He said special guests included Thelma Crocker, aged 98, who was one of the group's first Cub masters, and Harry Glover, aged 95, who was an early Scout leader.
Around 100 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts came to the event, girls and boys aged from six to 15, and took part in archery, cooking over a fire, building wooden structures and face painting.
A singing and dancing 'Gang Show' performance was also put on by youngsters from throughout the district's Scouting movement, and a traditional ceremony was held around a flag pole.
Mr Hooper added: "It's quite an achievement to reach 100 years and we are proud to be Plymouth's first Scouting group. It was lovely to see all the different generations coming together and for senior Scout leaders from across the district to join us."