Cubs sur­prise leader with wed­ding guard of hon­our

‘It was a lovely sur­prise and I think An­thony was quite over­whelmed’

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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

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