HQ halfway point as scouts have fun

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FYLDE Scouts took a night off from their fundraising drive to enjoy their annual dinner dance.

For more than 40 years the event has been the highlight of the scouting and girl guiding social calendar.

And this year was no different, as more than 100 people turned out at the Lindum Hotel, St Annes.

The scouts are currently trying to raise £100,000 to help rebuild their base on Heyhouses Lane, which was damaged by fire in July.

And their hard work and determination means that they have now almost reached the half way mark - with the current total standing at £45,866.

They let their hair down on Friday and enjoyed a five-course meal, followed by a series of speeches which reflected on a difficult year for all those involved in scouting on the Fylde.

And there was also plenty to celebrate from 2010 - including the hugely popular Apex Challenge, the County Competition Splash N Dash victory, the successful Trogz Summer camp in the Swiss Alps and of course the many fundraising events following the fire.

Mike Smith, District Commissioner for Fylde Scouts, said: “Yet again we had a very successful event, very well supported also by our County Commissioner Carl Hankinson, Hugh Miller – ACC Explorer Scouts – and Ian Lonsdale, the County Scout Network Commissioner.”

Georgina Lee, of the huiding section, talked about the celebrations that had been held to mark 100 years of the girl guide movement.

She said: “It has been so exciting and now as we are moving forward we are all really looking forward to the next 100 years.”

President of Fylde Scouts District, Tom Westall, was presented with a certificate for reaching the top of the Indoor Climbing Wall at the Fylde Scouts District Headquarters during ahugely successful fund raising event, held earlier in the year.