Scouts’ new HQ rises from ashes

Jack Ledger, Wayne Bulpitt and Geoff Currie with youngsters opening the new building. BELOW: Harry Parker and Peter Rawcliffe, both nine.

Jack Ledger, Wayne Bulpitt and Geoff Currie with youngsters opening the new building. BELOW: Harry Parker and Peter Rawcliffe, both nine.

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FYLDE’S new Scout headquarters has been officially opened, two years after the previous one was destroyed in an arson attack.

The HQ on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, was rebuilt after a public fund-raising campaign.

Harry Parker and Peter Rawcliffe, both nine.

Harry Parker and Peter Rawcliffe, both nine.

Fylde coast residents helped raise £495,000 to pay for the impressive facility.

Wayne Bulpitt, UK chief commissioner of the Scouts, officially opened the HQ on Saturday, and said it was evidence of the amazing spirit of local people.

He added: “It’s great to see the spirit and passion this area has for its Scout headquarters.

“Local people coming together is what the Scouts is about. It’s about making a difference.”

A plaque was unveiled by Mr Bulpitt, and includes the Fylde Scouts’ new badge, which features a phoenix as a symbol of rebirth and renewal.

Jack Ledger, Scouts district chairman, Mike Smith, district commissioner and Fylde Mayor Coun Heather Speak praised the efforts of people in Fylde.

Mr Smith said: “It’s superb. So many have contributed to help create this magnificent headquarters.”

Mayor Speak added: “People have worked together for the benefit of their community. ”

Scouts of all ages camped over at the new centre on Friday night, ahead of the grand opening on Saturday, where visitors enjoyed their cooking, as well as looking around outdoor activity displays.

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