New HQ a hit with scouts

Cubs and Scouts from 8th Lytham St Annes
Cubs and Scouts from 8th Lytham St Annes
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JUST two years ago hundreds of scouts were left heartbroken after mindless vandals sent their headquarters up in flames.

But thanks to thousands of pounds worth of generous donations a brand new HQ has risen from the ashes – and now the first cub scouts have spent the night in their new home.

The 41 members of 8th Lytham St Annes Cub Scouts spent two days and nights enjoying themselves in the new Fylde Scouts Headquarters, and are delighted with the new facilities.

Rose Marshall, cub scout leader, said: “The space is unbelievable, it’s massive compared to what we had. It’s brilliant to see what the District has achieved and built in such a short time.”

The children spent the weekend pretending to be Knights of the Round Table – complete with home made swords and shields.

Holly Benson and friend Becky Cross, both nine, said: “The headquarters is awesome, we had so much fun.”

The old main timber building was completely destroyed in an arson attack on July 19, 2010, and a second deliberate blaze last year caused a further £30,000 worth of damage to the remaining buildings.

The new building has cost over £470,000 to complete. Now the scouts are inviting the public to look round as a thankyou for their fundraising efforts.

Geoff Currie, leader of the fundraising committee, said: “We are inviting any member of the public to come and explore our new and impressive building on Wednesday, August 15 or Thursday, August 16 from 6.30pm.”