Scouts’ party

Scout Matthew Burns, aged 10 abseils down the side of the 40th Hartlepool Scouts HQ on Tunstall Avenue, watched by some of his fellow scouits and leaders as the group celebrates its 80th birthday.
Scout Matthew Burns, aged 10 abseils down the side of the 40th Hartlepool Scouts HQ on Tunstall Avenue, watched by some of his fellow scouits and leaders as the group celebrates its 80th birthday.

ADVENTUROUS Scouts abseiled down the side of their headquarters as the group marked 80 years in Hartlepool.

The town’s 40th Scout Group, based in Tunstall Avenue, held a day of fun and games for the celebrations.

Over 160 people attended with some travelling from as far away as Oxford and London to be there.

An oak carving of the group’s badge was unveiled to mark their milestone as oak is the symbol for 80th anniversaries.

Neil Midgley, secretary of the group, said: “The day was a fantastic success. The weather behaved itself for most of the day and there was a really good buzz about the place.

“It was one of our most successful celebrations.”

The day also marked 50 years since the group moved into their current headquarters in Tunstall Avenue.

Guests included founder member made contact 93-year-old Ron Gleddon of Seaton Carew who helped cut a cake with their youngest Beaver Scout.