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Scout Group Celebrates Its Anniversary

Wednesday July 10 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

THREE former leaders whose combined ages total 257 years were among those celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Monk Bretton Scout Group.

Len Norris, 86, Ernest Horbury, 89, and Don Booker, 82, joined all sections of the group and supporters from over the years at a celebration event at the Air Scout Group centre on Rotherham Road last week.

Len, who was a leader in the war years, said: "We took years to get a full uniform because of clothing coupons and we just got a shirt, shorts or hat when we could afford them. There were no cars or vans to take gear to camp and everything went on a handcart."

Ernest, a former miner, said he had always been proud to be a member of the then 39th Barnsley Monk Bretton Group because it had great traditions.

"I liked the Air Scout connection and it led me to serve 22 years in the Royal Air Force," he added.

Group Scout Leader Gavin Doxey thanked all leaders and supporters who had helped the group over the years and to establish the scouts as the village's longest-running youth organisation.

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