Scouts succeed on royal duties

Ackworth scouts were invited to attend the Queen's birthday celebrations and trooping the colours.'p317a326
Ackworth scouts were invited to attend the Queen's birthday celebrations and trooping the colours.'p317a326
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A group of scouts from Ackworth marched to success when they took part in the Queen’s official birthday celebrations at the weekend.

Fifteen members of 1st Ackworth Scouts marched down the Mall in London on Saturday as part of the annual Trooping of the Colour parade after winning a national competition.

Alan Hopkins, scout leader, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We marched in the parade and the children really enjoyed it.

“They were absolutely over the moon. I told them that it was only parading in front of 120,000 people and however many million people watching on TV, so there was no pressure.”

The youngsters won the chance after Mr Hopkins, who took over as scout leader in January, entered a competition run by the scout movement nationally.

He said: “It was a competition asking why our scout group deserved to take part.

“It’s a fairly young group and I said it would be a great experience for them.

“I filled out all the forms and when they rung me to tell me we had won I went crazy.”

The group, whose members are agedseven to 14, meets every Tuesday evening between 6.15pm and 7.45pm in the Community Hall, Low Ackworth.

The group travelled to the capital in a minibus loaned from Wakefield scouts and stayed in scout huts which belonged to groups in London.

Mr Hopkins said: “It was a little bit manic logistically but we are grateful to everyone for their help.

“It was a fantastic day and I’m sure it will be something the children will never forget.”