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Scouts fly the flags in surprise tribute to newly-wed leaders.

BEAVERS, cubs, scouts and venture scouts formed a surprise guard of honour when two leaders from the 82nd scout group in Aldermans Green, Coventry, tied the knot.

Mark Wilson, aged 30, and Lisa Jayne Masson, aged 35, of Heather Road, Alderman's Green, came out of Coventry Register Office after their marriage ceremony and were moved almost to tears when they saw the youngsters waiting to congratulate them.

A group including six-year-old beavers right through to 15-year-old venture scouts formed a guard of honour with their scout group banners. The surprise was organised by the scouts' parents who invented excuses for borrowing the banners, usually kept at Mark's house, without arousing suspicion.

The parents also asked Mark's father Albert to help. He put together a press release about the wedding by ringing up Mark and pretending to be filling in a survey form from scout headquarters about leaders.

Lisa said: "It was a complete surprise. I didn't suspect anything at all. I nearly cried when I saw them all.''

Mark, a landscape gardener, joined the scout movement when he was eight, working his way though cubs, scouts and venture scouts. He has been helping out at the 82nd scouts for 10 years, four of those as scout leader. His father is also a scout leader.

The pair met when Lisa's son John, aged 12, joined the beavers and Lisa went along as a helper. She founded the group's venture scout movement and is now beaver leader.

Lisa also has a six-year-old daughter Bethany. Mark has two sons Christopher, aged eight, and Michael, aged seven.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 14, 1999
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