Celebrates Coronation Year
A nationwide chain of beacons is to be lit by Scouts on Coronation night. The beacons will be located on high points, if possible in sight of each other, and each will be at least 10 feet high, all of them being fired simultaneously.
Middlesbrough being in an industrial area local Scouts will not be directly responsible for a beacon, but it is expected that there will be several in the Cleveland district
A similar beacon chain was organised by the Scout Movement on the night of 6th May 1935, to mark the Jubilee of King George V. On that occasion a total of 1,775 beacons were lit, from Duncansby Head, John o'Groats, in the north, to St. Helier, in the south. In Newcastle 80 tons of material went into one " bonfire " while Scouts in Gateshead used 90 tons of railway sleepers. There was one beacon on Boulby Cliff, near Skinningrove.
TO RECEIVE THE FREEDOM
In commemoration of the Coronation, Chingford, Essex, is to confer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough upon the Boy Scouts' Association.
A copy of the resolution conferring the Freedom, contained in a specially-designed casket made from wood grown at Gilwell Park (the Scout international training ground at Chingford) will be presented to the Chief Scout, Lord Rowallan, by the Mayor, on 4th June.
A TATTOO, COMPLETE WITH
Scouts of Purley, Surrey, are celebrating Coronation Year with a mammoth floodlight tattoo. The band of the Coldstream Guards has been engaged and Walt Disney Ltd. are loaning many props. used in the film, "Robin Hood"
Her Majesty has given permission for a Jamborette Camp to be held in Sandringham Park during Whitsun week-end. The Scout counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have invited patrols of Scouts from other countries to visit them during the period 23rd May to 4th June as their guests.
The delightful wooded country of Brathay Hall Estate, at the head of Lake Windermere, is to be the venue for a Lakeland Coronation Jamboree from Ist to 8th August. Scouts from Cumberland West Cumberland North and East, and Westmorland will be in camp.
"DERBY" ON WHEELS
The Soap Box Derby has established itself as one of the most popular Scouting events of the year. Already nearly 200 groups have entered for the special Coronation Year Derby which is expected to draw not only a record entry but also record crowds (20,000 attended last year's finals at Southport)
North-East semi-finals are to be run off at Leeds in June; the national finals will take place in London in September.
MOOT IN THE MOUNTAINS
More than 1,000 British Rover Scouts have applied to attend the Fifth World Rover Moot, to be held at Kandersteg, Switzerland from 29th July to 8th August.