Rod celebrates half a century of Scouting

20 March 2017 7:41AM

A Great Broughton man is celebrating 50 years as a Scout leader.

Rod Erlston joined the movement 66 years ago, aged eight.

He later became a leader in Eccles and then moved to Crewe, where he was also a leader.

Thirty years ago he moved north to become manager of Cockermouth’s Midland Bank, which later became HSBC.

“As soon as people knew I had been in Scouting I was recruited to be leader of 1st Great Broughton Scouts which had been formed a few years earlier,” said Rod.

He retired from the bank 20 years

ago but kept on Scouting. Rod is married to Jane, who notched up 50 years with the 9th Cockermouth Guides and Brownies before retiring from her leading role four years ago.

Over the years he has enjoyed many activities, adventures and camps with thousands of youngsters.

“There have been many good times. It’s the little things that can be special, like when you get a lad doing something he has never done before,” said Rod.

“It’s great being able to give them the opportunities to try out lots of different things and have different experiences.”

Rod was presented with a long- service award. He has no intention of hanging up his Scout kit in the near future.

“I enjoy it so will carry on,” he said. “It keeps you young.”

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