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Scout 'Skip' Harry Wins Top Accolade

01/05/2004

SkipAn "inspirational" scout leader has received the organisation's highest adult honour after more than 50 years' service.

Harry Oglesby, 69, who is "skip" with the 1st Beverley Scouts, has been presented with the Scout Association's Silver Wolf.

The accolade was given to him "for services to scouting of a most exemplary nature".

As part of the honour, he was invited to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle where he met Chief Scout George Purdy during the St George's Day parade.

The award comes more than 50 years after he was presented with the top honour for youngsters.

He was the last scout in Beverley to receive the King's Scout award, which has been called the Queen's Scout award since Elizabeth II's accession.

Mr Oglesby, who lives in Molescroft, was delighted to receive his latest award but modest about his work.

He said: "You don't do scouting for awards. It was a bit of a shock to go to Windsor and be presented with it."

Mr Oglesby became a scout leader in Molescroft at 18.

He joined the 1st Beverley Scouts, who meet at St Nicholas' Church Hall, in Holmechurch Lane, 37 years ago.

Despite turning 65 nearly five years ago and retiring from his job as an aircraft inspector at BAE Systems, Brough, Mr Oglesby is still helping boys and girls in Beverley.

He said: "I was hoping to have finished by now but I've been talked into another summer camp."

Humberside County Commissioner Andrew Oliver nominated Mr Oglesby, following recommendations from a number of people involved in scouting in the area.

He said: "He has been an inspiration to everybody.

"He has done so much good work for the young people of the East Riding, Beverley in particular, but he has also helped out on a county level as he was in charge of leader training for a number of years.

"To give him the highest award you can give adults is absolutely justified.

"He has done an amazing amount for scouting and I'm delighted he has been awarded it."

By matthew.croshaw@hulldailymail.co.uk