3rd Cleethorpes Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary
HERE'S to the next 100 years.
That was the toast led by the mayor of North East Lincolnshire Councillor Mike Burton as he led the centenary celebrations at 3rd Cleethorpes Scouts.
Cuttings from the Grimsby Telegraph over the past 100 years were displayed alongside merit certificates for Scouts who served in the troop over the decades.
There was also film footage from the 1930s and 1950s of the Cleethorpes Scout group enjoying summer camps and drills captured by cameraman Ernest Oswald "Ricki" Slater.
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The group formed in 1912 and moved from its Tiverton Street hut to the new Scout hut at the junction of Carr Lane and Cooper Road in 1924.
Welcoming guests to a 100th birthday party, the mayor said: "When the Scouts first started in 1912 the First World War had not begun and the carnage which was to spread across the world was ahead of us. The Second World War and the fight for freedom and democracy was yet to be and we had yet to have the time of peace during which The Queen was crowned and this year she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Back then who would have imagined that man would step on the moon or think of the invention of the computer and the mobile phone?"
He added: "During all that time there has been the constant of comradeship and fellowship of the group. Here's to the next 100 years."
Cakes to mark the centenary were cut by the youngest Beaver Scout Tzara Pudsey, 7, and the oldest Scout George Green, 91. Group chairman John Smaller said: "Our group is unique because we have 100 years of uninterrupted service to the community."
Retired Scout leader, Jack Newman, 81, said: "Things change in the Scouts. We used to think a day out in Cleethorpes was a big thing and our summer camp was to Harrogate. Now they go to the United States, Norway and France.
"But some things won't change and that is in three features of our symbol of the fleur de lis which stand for honesty, truth and trust. We also have our oath which has never changed."
Former members of the group now living in Bognor Regis, Ipswich and Horncastle returned for the reunion and pay their respects to former Scouts.
Young Beaver Tzara Pudsey, 7, said: "You make friends in the group. I have learned a lot too. I have learned to do different games and I really enjoy the quizzes and enjoy writing down the answers."