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Royal Honours For David
Wednesday 21st October 2015 @ 15:23 by Lee Wild
News Stalybridge

Scouting leader David McManus has joined an elite club in Tame Valley after becoming only the second person to have achieved the Queen Scout Award in 20 years.

David, 23, joined 5th Stalybridge Scout Group as a Beaver when he was just six years old under Leaders Bill and Sue Flint.

When he moved up to Cubs, David wrote a letter to the BBC programme DIY SOS and they agreed to help renovate the High Street HQ, putting up a crow’s nest climbing wall, cargo net, new kitchen and various other items enjoyed by hundreds of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers down the years.

As a Scout he gained his Chief Scout Gold, the highest award Scouts can achieve.

While at Sixth Form College, David surprised everyone by achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, having not shown any interest in the Bronze or Silver.

David then went to university at Chester but came back on Friday nights to be an assistant Scout Leader. After much badgering and cajoling he finished the final elements he needed for his Queen Scout Award.

The Queen Scout Award was presented at two ceremonies, one at the District AGM presented by Bob Taylor as District Commissioner, the second was the official presentation at Hyde Town Hall and was presented by Mathew Walker MBE.