The first weekend in May saw many people celebrating the coronation of King Charles III. Here we look at a couple of ways that South East Scotland Scouts members marked this historic occasion.
Four young people from the Region were selected to represent Scouting in supporting the Coronation events in London.
Dylan Theedam-Parry from Lauderdale Scout Group featured in the BBC News coverage of the events.
“We woke up at 3 o’clock this morning to get here to arrive at Hyde Park at 5am. We are here to look after the public and hand out flags for people to wave.
The atmosphere is lovely. It’s a big honour to be here today.” Dylan also recognised the important part Scouting played in the opportunity, telling the BBC “Just witnessing the Coronation is something special. I wouldn’t have made the trip down here if it hadn’t been for the Scouts, so it’s an honour.”
Amy Sewell, also from Lauderdale, also featured in the media – being interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland about her involvement “In and around Westminster helping with wayfinding and stewarding, making sure that the public are in the right place at the right time.” Of the experience Amy said “It is something that I am very proud to be taking part in”
Fraser Stevenson, from Braid District, also represented South East Scotland. Here he shares some of his experience.
“It was a 4am start at Gilwell Park to catch the early train into Central London. We were stationed at St James Park (from 6:45 onwards!) then onto the Mall where we chatted and helped members of the public. In our group, we were lucky to have the International Commissioner for Singapore Scouts who treated us all to coffee and cakes in a café. At this point we got chatting to multiple members of the public who wanted pictures of the kilt! We moved onto the Mall for the flypast and, rather unexpectedly, even got interviewed for Chilean TV. More people – including Ukrainian refugees – wanted pictures of the kilt and uniform too.”
“It was an amazing weekend; one I will never forget. It was a privilege to represent the South East region and Scouts at large at such a historic and prestigious event. Thank you very much to South East Scotland Scouts and Braid District for providing me with the opportunity to do so.”
Closer to home, the 30th Craigalmond (Davidson’s Mains) Scout Group held a Coronation Coffee morning where members, their families and the local community were invited to celebrate the coronation and help raise funds for the Group through entrance fees, stalls selling items including paracord woggles and home made planters, tombola and the chance to have your photo taken with the new King. Well done to all the volunteers who help put on this successful event which raised the profile of Scouting within the local community.