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Scouts (and Harold) join fun.

HAROLD Wilson is known by most as the former Prime Minister born and raised in Huddersfield.

However, to mark Yorkshire Day, another aspect of his past was marked.

Wilson was a Scout in the local village of Milnsbridge and his statue was adorned with a Scout scarf, courtesy of the Huddersfield South West Scouts.

Every year since the centenary of Scouting in 2007, Scouts around the world have celebrated Scouting's Birthday which falls on August 1, the same day as Yorkshire Day, by wearing their Scout Scarf (also known as a necker) in public.

During his time as a Scout, in 1931, Harold Wilson set off on an International adventure and travelled to Holland with his fellow Scouts. Nowadays, Scouts travel all around the world on international adventures and in exactly one year's time, over 15 Scouts from the Huddersfield area will be taking part in their own trip of a lifetime to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

The Scouts will be part of the 2,400 Scouts and Guides attending the jamboree from across the UK. Before the event the UK Contingent will travel to Tokyo before heading down to Kirara-hama where the specially built Jamboree site is located.

Isobel Townend, 15, jamboree participant, said; "I can't wait to visit Japan and have the chance to meet the whole world in a field, there are more countries involved in the Jamboree than attended the London 2012 Olympic Games!

"The Jamboree is a massive event and with over 30,000 Scouts working together we make a huge impact towards greater world peace".

Florist Leigh De Luca Garside with her Yorkshire Day display at The |Posy Bowl, Market Walk, Huddersfield 010814AYORKSHIRE_04

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| Some of the Huddersfield Scouts attending the World Scout Jamboree in Japan |next year celebrate Yorkshire Day: Beth Halligan, Jake Hutchinson, Ella Taylor, Isobel Townend, Gary Smith and Abby McLaughlin. Right, the Harold Wilson statue in St George's Square wears a Huddersfield South West neckerchief to mark the occasion

Florist Leigh De Luca Garside with her Yorkshire Day display at The |Posy Bowl, Market Walk, Huddersfield 010814AYORKSHIRE_04

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2014
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