Greater Manchester East Scout County held their Bi-Annual Presentation Evening at Hyde Town Hall on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

The event saw nearly 60 Scouts and Explorer Scouts, along with their families, attended the evening where the awards were presented by Alex Peace-Gadsby, Chief Commissioner for England.

She said it was fantastic to attend such a large group of presentations. She added that the badge is a symbol of all the hard work carried out to achieve the award. She thanked the Leaders and Parents for their support and all the hard work put in week after week enabling the young people to enjoy and achieve the awards.

There were 36 Chief Scout Gold’s presented. This is the highest progression award that a Scout can gain while in the Scout Section, before going into the Explorer Section.

Thomas, a scout from 2nd Dukinfield, said he enjoyed getting the Athletics Badge and the Nights Away Badge best.

Mark from 3rd Ashton said he enjoyed the expedition best and wants to become an Astrophysicist when he leaves university. Connor from 5th Hyde Scouts said he enjoyed the water sports best.

10 Platinum and Diamond Awards were presented; these awards are ‘stepping stones’ on the way to achieving the Queen’s Scout Award.

Oonagh, Michael and Chris, Explorer Scouts from Droylsden said they enjoyed the volunteering best, helping the members of the Beavers and Cubs enjoy Scouting as much as they do.

Jack, who gained his Diamond Award, said he enjoyed the expedition best. He canoed from Ashton to Macclesfield in the rain, taking all his camping gear with him.

Molly said she enjoyed the expeditions, making jokes and having water fights.

Sophie said she enjoyed volunteering with a dance company, teaching dance to under 18s.

Jessica said she enjoyed her expedition, exploring the Dark Peak area. Michael’s mother said it was lovely to see all the young people’s hard work being recognised, she added the only down side was the washing when they returned from their expedition – you never knew what you would find at the bottom of the bags!

James Martin received the Queen’s Scout Award. James said that being in Scout has boosted his confidence and self-esteem. It allowed him to take an active and enjoyable part in a young person’s development from Beavers to Explorer Scout.

8 Explorer Belt Awards were awarded for an expedition in Normandy during the summer. Rachel said it was a great experience exploring part of Normandy and visiting some of the war graves.

Joyce Bowerman, Civic Mayor of Tameside, said she was pleased to attend with Fred and it was great to be able to wear her scout neckerchief.

It was great to see so many young people being presented with their richly deserved awards.

Linda Holt, the Mayor of Stockpot, said she was pleased to be part of recognizing the achievement of the young people after all their hard work.

Sir Peter Fahy, GME Scout President said it was great to see scouts growing and growing. Every award represents a remarkable achievement.

The final award of the evening was presented to Darah Burke, an Assistant Scout Leader with 6th Ashton Group. He was presented with the Bronze Cross. This is the highest award of the Scout Association for gallantry, granted for special heroism or action in the face of extraordinary risk. Darah was attending the concert at the Manchester Arena with his family, when the bomb exploded. Darah, his wife and daughter were all injured by the bomb.

After making sure they were safe, he went back into the Arena to help with treating the injured. At first he was the only medically qualified person dealing with them.

Darah received a standing ovation from all present.

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