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2nd Ryde Sea Scouts

Opening of the New Headquarters 14th May 1949

The commodious new headquarters of the 2nd Ryde (Sea Scouts) Group, known as Admiral Calthorpe’s Own, were opened by the Mayor of Ryde (Mr. S. R. Bird, J.P.), in the presence of the County Commissioner (Major-Gen. Sir Horace Roome, K.C.I.E.), on Saturday at the old St. Helens U.D.C. offices, Somerset Road.

The ceremony was watched by a large number of parents and friends, and the company included many representatives of the Scouting fraternity, the deputy mayor and town councillors.

The premises which have been let by the Ryde Council, have been entirely redecorated by the group, who deserved the congratulations on the transformation. The various sections of the group paraded outside with their colours, under Group Scoutmaster W. L. Mansbridge, Rover Scout Leader C. G. Jacobs, and Cubs-mistress Miss M. Orchard.

The Mayor declared the building open, and from the flagstaff in front of the building the Union Jack and Scout flag were broken. The Mayor then received the colours, which were placed in the hall, after which the annual meeting was held in the hall.  The Rev. E. T. H. Royds presided.

Sources: IW Press & RSHG Archive
Image: By courtesy of Barry Groves
Article: Ann Barrett