Young and old came together to celebrate a scout group’s centenary anniversary.
Members of 3rd Tynemouth (Ritson’s Own) Scout Group held an open weekend at their Billy Mille Lane headquarters to celebrate their 100th anniversary.
During the weekend people were able to look at lots of items collected over the group’s 100 years of existence as well as things relating to Billy Mill and Tynemouth Haven, the two main areas the group has been in.
Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club set up some stations using a callsign – GB2RIT – specially booked for the weekend with young scouts able to speak to people all over the world including Ukraine, Italy and America.
The following day the Group marked the exact date of registration by having their flags rededicated by the Reverend Canon James Robertson. The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, made a short speech during which she praised the sense of family spirit within the Group.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell recalled his own time in the Scouts and praised those members who had stuck at it for a long time.
Members of the group were then presented with specially made commemorative badges by Richard Greenacre, the grandson of George Greenacre who formed the group in 1915.
Mr Greenacre and his wife Gwyneth had travelled from Plymouth to be with the Scouts while ex-members travelled from all over the UK to join in the celebrations, with Arthur and Margaret Davis travelling all the way from Houston, Texas.
For more on the group visit www.tynemouthscouts.org.uk