Cubs surprise leader with wedding guard of honour
‘It was a lovely surprise and I think Anthony was quite overwhelmed’
A Cub leader and his new bride had a lovely surprise when a group of his Cubs formed a guard of honour outside their wedding venue.
When Anthony Lewis, 25, an assistant leader at 7th Ashford St Mary’s Cub pack, and wife Kerry, walked into the garden of The Holiday Inn after saying their vows they were delighted to see 11 Cubs holding the pack standard and a Union Flag.
Anthony’s mum Lorraine Lewis, whose husband Mark is the pack’s Akela, said: “It was a lovely surprise and I think Anthony was quite overwhelmed.
“He’s been involved with the group so long it’s like a part of the family. He’s seen so many of the youngsters growing up.”
Mrs Lewis said her son and his wife, who live in Cudworth Road, South Willesborough, had no idea the Cubs would be there.
The youngsters stayed for drinks in the garden before being taken home by parents, who also turned out to congratulate Anthony and Kerry.
They wanted to do something for their assistant leader, known as Chil after a bird in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, who has been in the scouting movement since he joined Beaver Scouts at five years old.
Another leader, Darren Spencer aka Bagheera or Baggy, suggested forming a guard of honour and the group believes it is the first time in 30 years Cubs have done so for a leader in the 7th Ashford St Mary’s group.
Members of the 7th Ashford St Mary’s Cub group who turned out to form a guard of honour at the wedding of their leader Anthony Lewis to Kerry Brooks at The Holiday Inn, Ashford