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Blair Atholl:- Scottish Centenary Award Ceremony

The Scottish Centenary Awards Ceremony for the recognition of Queen’s Scouts, Explorer Belts and Adult Awards took place in the Ballroom of Blair Castle on Sunday 13 May 2007.

As recipients and guests arrived and entered the castle, the Centenary Scout Pipe Band played in the Courtyard.

The Scottish Chief Commissioner, Mrs Eleanor Lyall MBE welcomed the assembled recipients and their guests.

A Service of Worship was conducted, during which Readings and Thoughts from Queen Scouts were given. During the Service, former Chief Scout, Mr Garth Morrison CBE, Honorary President of the Scottish Council The Scout Association presented the Awards.

The total number of Recipients from across Scotland was:-

Silver Acorn:- 44 Adult Members of the Movement

Bar to the Silver Acorn:- 10 Adult Members of the Movement.

Silver Wolf:- 6 Adult Members of the Movement.

Explorer Belt:- 17 Members of the Movement

Queen Scout:- 40 Members of the Movement

From these numbers, two local Scout Leaders, Iris Canning (73rd Group) and Margaret Bell (70th Group) were presented with the Silver Acorn for ‘specially distinguished service’ over many years. Iris has been a Leader for 38 years and Margaret for nearly 50 years.

Duncan Riddell,,was presented with the Silver Wolf. The Siver Wolf is the highest Award in Scouting and is given for ‘services of a most exceptional nature’.

Duncan was a former member of the 5th Renfrewshire as a Cub, Scout and Leader. In 1963, he moved Troops and, until 1967, he was an Assistant Scout Leader and then Scout Leader of the 33rd Renfrewshire.

Duncan has been involved with Ayrshire Scouting since 1971 and is currently Deputy Area Commissioner. When the restructuring process is completed in April 2008, Duncan will become the Regional Commissioner for the South West.

Click on the image below to view a selection of photographs of the day

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