Celebrations in Wisbech to mark 100th anniversary of scouting in the town

CELEBRATIONS will be held in Wisbech on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of scouting in the town.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and group leaders from past and present will come together to enjoy a day of activities to celebrate a century of the movement beginning in the capital of the Fens.

Scouting was registered in Wisbech by The Scout Association in 1911 under the district of Isle of Ely.

At that time, 180 scouts met in the town, 35 in Leverington, 30 in Walpole, 18 in Elm and 10 in Parson Drove.

And although numbers have diminished in and around the town, three groups still remain in Wisbech while others scouts come together in Walsoken, Elm, Friday Bridge, Upwell, Outwell and Wisbech St Mary.

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The anniversary event at Wisbech Grammar School will be opened by the town mayor, Councillor Jonathan Farmer, at 11am before a variety of team challenges, such as tug of war, will take place.

The celebrations will end with the entrance of a huge cake with everyone putting on a candle before an Olympic flame lights the heralding of the scouting future.

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