Local Scouts and Cubs revel in Big bash

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AMONG the thousands of Scouts and Cubs who converged on the first-ever Notts Scouts Big Weekend as part of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics were these three from Hucknall.

Eight-year-old Ben Michael (left) and brothers Liam (centre) and Mitchell Thompson-Wyer, aged eight and ten, are members of the 1st Hucknall Cubs.

They revelled in a spectacular event, held at Southwell Racecourse, that brought together more than 3.400 Scouts and Cubs from 90 groups across the county.

Held to celebrate the upcoming London Games and the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, the weekend comprised hundreds of activities, ranging from the traditional hay-climbing and raft-building to the more modern geo-caching, laser-tag and water-sphering.

There was also an Olympics-style opening ceremony, plus live music and a fireworks display.

Ben said: “It was a really fun weekend. I liked the flight simulator and the giant climbing-wall the best. The closing ceremony and the fireworks were pretty amazing too. I have never seen so many Scouts in the same place before.”