Dinner and dancing for annual scouting saint’s day

Blackpool District Scout Council, St George's dinner and dance
Blackpool District Scout Council, St George's dinner and dance
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Blackpool District Scout Council and supporters came together for a night of fun and friendship.

The annual St George’s Day dinner and dance took place in the Matthews Lounge, at Blackpool Football Club.

44th Blackpool Leaders and Supporters

44th Blackpool Leaders and Supporters

More than 300 guests – including the president Coun Lily Henderson attended the occasion, led by master of ceremonies George Phillips, to celebrate St George – not only the patron saint of England, but also of scouting.

The night started with a four-course meal and there was entertainment by duo Brothers in Swing, and a trio of singers called The Gilletts. One of the highlights was the district commissioner for Blackpool Scouts, Victoria Da Silva, presenting long-service awards of between 25 and 40 years to a group of scout leaders, and president, as well as other prestigious awards.

An auction took place – including prizes such as a framed limited edition picture of the Red Arrows, and rugby ball signed by rugby legend Bill Beaumont, plus a raffle with more than 60 prizes.

Funds raised go towards helping young people achieve their personal ambitions in scouting, and support ongoing projects like the District Camp Site at Mowbreck, near Wesham.

Katherine O'Connor (Chairperson Blackpool District Scouts), Steve Morton (County Commissioner West Lancs. Scouts), Councillor Lily Henderson MBE (Blackpool District President), Victoria da Silva MBE (Blackpool District Commissioner) Irene Wheatley (Organiser), George Phillips (Toastmaster and MC) Phil Wheatley (Organiser)

Katherine O'Connor (Chairperson Blackpool District Scouts), Steve Morton (County Commissioner West Lancs. Scouts), Councillor Lily Henderson MBE (Blackpool District President), Victoria da Silva MBE (Blackpool District Commissioner) Irene Wheatley (Organiser), George Phillips (Toastmaster and MC) Phil Wheatley (Organiser)

District Commissioner Victoria da Silva (centre) with friends

District Commissioner Victoria da Silva (centre) with friends

Members of the Guiding fraternity

Members of the Guiding fraternity

Young leaders

Young leaders

Sarah and Stephen Haydon

Sarah and Stephen Haydon