George’s 60-year involvement in scouting life

An early picture of the Hollinshead Street troop
An early picture of the Hollinshead Street troop
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Chorley’s oldest scouting organisation is celebrating a milestone this year.

Hollinshead Street Scout Troop will be celebrating its 95th anniversary as it was established in 1919.

George Platt is the current leader and has been involved with the group for 60 years, but is due to retire later this year.

With such a long-service record, George couldn’t remember all his time at the group but he happily recounted one particular special moment.

He said: “I don’t remember much from the past but I do remember being in the cubs aged eight and going camping to Coniston. We had an absolutely fantastic time.”

The group is still prospering after all these years and its headquarters has a stained glass window depicting the scout neckerchief and the year it was established.

Alice Ditchfield, a member for 15 years, said: “My eldest son joined the group at 11. Now he’s 41 and still enjoying it.

“We always have lots of fun and over the years we’ve travelled all over to places including Austria. What we like to do is get people trying things they may not necessarily try elsewhere.

“That includes things like lighting fires and tying people to trees, but it’s all done in a safe environment.

“We just want people to enjoy themselves.”