As deputy chairman of North Tyneside Council , I was recently invited to the celebration of 100 years of the 3rd Tynemouth Scout Group.
Can I inform your readers of how impressed my wife and I were with the Tynemouth District Scouts’ celebration of St George’s Day and the centenary of the 3rd Tynemouth Group?
It took place at a full Christ Church in Preston Road, and the family-friendly service was led by the Rev Canon Jim Robertson. We witnessed the re-affirming of the Beaver, Cub and Scout Promise and their Laws, as well as the Entry of Colour and parade of their flags.
The turn-out of the children was heart-warming and their commitment to their movement was there for all to see.
I gather the Scout movement is more popular than ever since Chief Scout Bear Grylls’ adventures have been shown on TV, and it is easy to see why our children are attracted to this outdoor and adventurous movement, rather than be stuck indoors and festering behind some games console.
We need to ensure more children are made aware of the opportunities that joining both Scout and Guides can give them, and encourage them at every opportunity.
Councillor Dave McGarr
Deputy chairman of the council