Scouts group is pride of the town

Mayor Marika Hillson who presented members of the Ist Irthlingborough Scouts Group with a community spirit award at a ceremony at St Peter's Church
Mayor Marika Hillson who presented members of the Ist Irthlingborough Scouts Group with a community spirit award at a ceremony at St Peter's Church

A Scouts group with more than 100 years of history has received a community spirit award.

The 1st Irthlingborough Scouts Group received the award from town mayor Marika Hillson in recognition of its service to the community.

Group scout leader Nick Powell said: “We were all delighted to have won the award. We were amazed.

“I would like to thank everyone involved. They won this award through their selfless giving to the young people of Irthlingborough.

“There are many people who moan about youngsters hanging around the town. Leaders in the group stood up and decided to do something about it by giving their free time to deliver a better future for our 140 young people.”

The 1st Irthlingborough Scout Group has a total of 170 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders.

It meets at the Harold Bugby Scout headquarters in High Street, Irthlingborough, and as well as offering all the usual scouting activities, members take part in community events and support charity by raising funds.

The group, which is the oldest youth organisation in the town and was launched in 1908, is one of only 10 Scout groups in the world with an unbroken history of more than 100 years.

The awards ceremony was held at St Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough, and was attended by guests and parents, as well as East Northamptonshire MP Louis Mensch.

Members of the Titans Explorer Scout unit presented the local branch of the Royal British Legion with a cheque for £63 from the sale of tea and coffee at the Remembrance Day parade.