Scouting For Memories
Monday 5th October 2015 @ 11:42 by Lee Wild
Denton & Audenshaw News
Scouts from four different decades came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 6th Denton (St Hilda’s) group.
Among the guests was former leader Bill Marston, who started the troop in September 1975, along with his wife and co-founder Sandra.
They were delighted to see several familiar faces from the past, including some of the original Scouts who are now in their 50s.
About 100 past and present members, parents, leaders, helpers and friends attended the celebration evening at St Hilda’s Church.
The present day Beavers, Cubs and Scouts paraded in with their flags and entertained the audience with their singing, directed by group leader Elizabeth Perry, section leaders and assistants.
Three long-time stalwarts shared their memories.
Sandra Marston recalled some of the early camping trips and Christmas
social evenings while Tony Elliott reflected on the many lasting friendships he had made through Scouts and Venture Scouts, which was how he met his wife Catherine.
The couple have recently celebrated 25 years of marriage.
Andrea Mason, who joined aged six and is now a section leader, brought the group’s story up to date and looked to the future.
Group chairman Mike Wallbank highlighted memorable events and vintage news of the past 40 years. Visitors could also browse a display of archive memorabilia.