Scout leader honoured with MBE

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A Scarborough Scout leader who has been involved in the movement since 1955 has been awarded the MBE.

Bryan Lawrence, 77, of Lowdale Avenue, is president of the First Scarborough Scout group and also holds the Scout Association’s highest award - the Silver Wolf.

He found out about the MBE in April and said keeping it a secret has been difficult, adding: “It was a compete shock - and I was absolutely elated.

“I never expected anything like this. It’s definitely something to celebrate!”

Bryan has clocked up 60 years this year in the Scouts, having become a leader aged 17 after agreeing to cover for a friend who was emigrating.

He oversaw the building of the Scout Headquarters in Maple Drive, which opened in 1970.

Bryan said: “It was my baby and I’m very proud of it. It’s now used by about 150 kids a week.”

He has praised the Scout leaders as being “first class” and says it’s wonderful to see generations of the same family getting involved in the Scouting movement.

Bryan added: “It’s all about friendship. I’ve made hundreds of friends all over the world.”

The great grandfather is now officially retired as a Scout leader, but still spends time helping out at Maple Drive and running the Scout shop.

Bryan will now be invited to an investiture ceremony at St James Palace in the coming months.