Scouts find 100 ways to celebrate centenary

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Centenary celebrations will see beavers, cubs and scouts from Finedon parade through the town this month.

Almost 80 youngsters from 1st Finedon Scouts are celebrating the group’s 100th birthday by taking part in 100 challenges over 12 months.

A 100 mile walk has already been held this month, and on Sunday, May 13, a parade and service will take place from The Green to High Street.

More than 100 former group members have been invited to take part in the parade.

The celebrations began on December 31, 2011, with a family disco and party. Since then youngsters have taken part in a number of activities, including a pancake tossing competition.

Group scout leader Patsy Coles said: “The 1st Finedon Scout Group is celebrating its 100 years of scouting in Finedon throughout this year.

“Records date back to August 1912 when Mr W Nichols was Assistant Scout Master – we are yet to discover who the actual Scout Master was. We are attempting as many challenges as possible; the first was a 100 party poppers all going off together and 100 people doing the Conga. So far we have achieved 34 challenges.

“This month we will be hosting a street parade and church Service to commemorate the 100 years. Former group members are invited to join in the afternoon event, which will also be attended by members of the Guide movement, supporting club groups and community groups from Finedon.”

The challenges will continue over the summer when youngsters from the group take part in a summer camp in Hertfordshire.

A celebration dinner and dance will also take place at Kettering in November.

Anyone who has any information about the history of the group should contact Patsy Coles on 01933 680680.