Cas­tle trip for Queen’s Scout

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A HAYES and Har­ling­ton Queen’s scout was hon­oured at a St Ge­orge’s Day pa­rade in the grounds of Wins­dor Cas­tle on Sun­day April 26.

The ‘Day of Cel­e­bra­tion and Achieve­ment’ recog­nises Queen’s Scouts, who have worked hard to achieve the high­est youth award within scout­ing, and Gal­lantry award hold­ers, who have been nom­i­nated for their brav­ery and hero­ism.

James Grant, 25, of West Dray­ton was the first scout in 12 years to achieve the hon­our from the Hayes and Har­ling­ton scout dis­trict.

He said: “It was an hon­our to achieve the high­est award and I had to take part in some in­tense tasks to earn it.

“I did a five-day res­i­den­tial in an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment work­ing as a vol­un­teer in North Carolina and a four-day hike in Snow­do­nia, it was gru­elling!”

The an­nual St Ge­orge’s Day Queens Scout Pa­rade took place in the pres­ence of HRH The Duchess of Glouces­ter, along with Chief Scout Bear Grylls and other scout dig­ni­taries.

Mr Grant added: “The day it­self was re­ally good, I got to meet Chief Scout Bear Grylls and took part in the pa­rade.”

John McDon­nell MP pre­sented the Queens Scout award to James on De­cem­ber 9 at St Raphael’s Church hall in Yead­ing.

He said: “I’m so proud of this achieve­ment by James Grant as this is the first time in at least 12 years we have had a Queen’s Scout award to be pre­sented.”

The St Ge­orge’s Day event dates back nearly 80 years with a ser­vice held an­nu­ally within Wind­sor Cas­tle by gift of Her Majesty the Queen.

n SPE­CIAL DAY: James Grant with chief scout Bear Grylls

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