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St George’s Day Awards 2012

We congratulate two members of Greenock & District who have been awarded top awards in this year’s St. George’s Day Awards

Alexander Buchanan district scout active support member was awarded the Silver Wolf

The Silver Wolf is the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout and is only awarded ’for Service of an exceptional nature’. The Award was introduced by Lord Baden-Powell and remains The Scout Association’s highest Award for service to Scouting

Previously, Alex had been awarded the Silver Acorn and Bar to the Silver Acorn

He was presented with a 50 year Long Service Award  in 2010.

Alex was originally a member of original 45th Scouts meeting in the old Greenock Scout HQ in Robertson St. Under the leadership of J.J. Swan he was a Cub and Scout before becoming a Scouter. He became Scout Leader and eventually Group Scout Leader of the 45th.  He served as an ADC in Greenock and District before moving house to Houston where he became District Commissioner of Johnstone District and Assistant County Commissioner (Special Needs)

In the past few years, he has reacquainted himself with Greenock & District by joining our Active Support team

Recently he was delighted at the recent re-birth of the 45th Group at Quarriers Village. He was pleased to see the orange and green scarf being used once again together with the old 45th Scout Colours

These days Alex is seen assisting at parades, gang show and wherever else he is needed

John Andrew Blair Group Chairman,   6th Greenock & District (1st Gourock – Colonel Darroch’s Own),  was awarded the Silver Acorn

The Silver Acorn is awarded in ‘recognition of especially distinguished service’  The Award was first introduced as a St. George’s Day Award in 1933

John has over 50 years service with the 1st Gourock Group, and has held all senior appointments within the Group. As well as Group Chairman, he also assists with the Beaver Scout Colony on a weekly basis and furthermore assists with the 60th Greenock & District Beaver Scout Colony each Friday afternoon.

John Blair has been a real stalwart and constant in Gourock Scout circles for the past 5 decades