Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Scout Group Gets Set for Centenary

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Scout Group Gets Set for Centenary

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A TYNESIDE scout group is calling out to ex-members so they can join in the group's centenary celebrations next month.

e 3rd Tynemouth (Ritson's Own) group celebrates its 100th birthday on May 17.

To celebrate, the group is throwing open its doors for an open weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, at their headquarters on Billy Mill Lane, North Shields.

Scout Leader Dudley Rogers said: "Over the years we have seen hundreds of young people pass through our doors.

weekend, -"Some will have moved out of the area now but an awful lot must still be here and we'd love to see them over the weekend, particularly on the Sunday for the main cel-ebra-tions".

Recalling Recalling Wear-Tyne across the See Scout Leader Michael Dale added: "We are having a free display to show items from our past 100 years.

"It will be of great interest to the people and families who have a connection with our group, but also to people who have an interest in the local area, which is why the display is open to everyone."

Michael went on: "We have been based at Billy Mill for most of our 100 years, but our scout troop was in Tynemouth Haven during the early 1960s and our cubs were in the Balk-Balk well Community Hut."

" Cub Scout leader Philip Rose said: e group was formed in 1915 by two brothers, George and Fred Greenacre and we were given the rst aid hut from Preston Colliery to use as a meeting place not long after that by Colonel WH Ritson, the colliery owner.

"Fred Greenacre lost his life as a prisoner of war during World War I, and George lost his during World War II working as an air raid warden.

"Colonel Ritson raised the 16th battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers during World War I and we have displays telling the story of all three men, as well as some of the others from our group's history".

e scouts have arranged for their group's ags to be re-dedicated on Sunday, May 17 at 3pm and are keen to have as many of their ex-members there as possible to help mark the occasion.

London, Surrey, Dudley Rogers added: "We already have people travelling from London, Surrey, Cumbria and even America to take part, so we are really hoping the people who still live in the area will also join us". …

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