Over the past weekend, members of the Group have taken part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and Remembrance Day.
On Saturday, St. Andrews Church held its second open day to celebrate the restoration of the War Memorial. Were were pleased to be joined by Newcastle District’s Deputy District Commissioner, Dave, who awarded two Chief Scout Gold Awards to 2 Scouts and two Long Service Awards to 2 members of our Executive Committee.
The Drums played at the beginning of the day and in their set, they played the tune ‘General Salute’. This was played in St. Andrews Church on the original Armistice Day in 1918 by the drum and bugles of our Scouts.
After the drums played, the War Memorial was rededicated by Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford with The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Gill Heesom in attendance as well. As part of the rededication, the names on the Memorial were read out by our GSL.
The Group also had on display, by our own War Memorial and commemorative window, information about all our Scouts killed in the First World War.
On Sunday, Remembrance Day itself, we paraded from Bradwell, stopping at the Porthill War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and 2 minutes silence, then on the Wolstanton War Memorial, for another Act of Remembrance and finally to Basford. We were joined by the Basford and St. Wulstan’s Scouts, Centurion Explorers, Porthill and Wolstanton’s Guides and Bradwell’s Boys Brigade. We were also joined for the first part of the parade by an American WW2 3 ton truck! There were around 500 people on the parade which proved to be an amazing sight!