Scouts tracing their roots as part of group’s centenary celebrations

Visitors at last year's open day for the 3rd Tynemouth Scouts Group.
Visitors at last year's open day for the 3rd Tynemouth Scouts Group.

Members of a borough scout group are looking to help trace their roots and make contact with former members of their group in the run up to their centenary celebrations in 2015.

The 3rd Tynemouth (Ritson’s Own) Scout Group is holding an open day on Saturday, May 17, between 1pm and 5pm at its headquarters in Billy Mill Lane, North Shields, where a collection of memorabilia from the past 99 years of scouting in their group will be on display.

Scout leader Michael Dale said: “This will be the fifth open day we have held to help trace our ‘family’ history, the previous ones have all been a great success and have resulted in us contacting a lot of ex-scouts and their families.

“This year we intend to mark the centenary of World War One by having a specific display about the scout’s war time role in the area.

“There will also be a display based on new research about one of our founding leaders, Frederick Greenacre, who joined the Gordon Highlanders, and our group sponsor, Colonel William H Ritson, the owner of Preston Colliery, who raised and then was the commanding officer of the 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.”

The day is free and open to the public as well as ex-members. This year the Scouts are being joined by members of the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project and the North East War Memorials Project, which will be of interest to anyone researching family history.

Michael added: “This year there will be facilities at our headquarters to copy people’s photos on the day so no one will have to part with their precious belongings.”

For more details, email Michael on or call 07713 056858.