Examiner Community Awards: Services to the Community, Community Event, Services to Charity
REMARKABLE Laurie Minney is nominated for his service to local scouting.
The 78-year-old from Meltham has been involved in the Scout movement ever since the beginning of the Second World War.
He became a Scout leader in 1949 and joined the 5th Holme Valley Meltham Group as a leader in 1953.
He was awarded scouting’s highest award, The Silver Wolf, in recognition for his long and outstanding service.
The loyal Huddersfield Town supporter really enjoyed the event at the Galpharm Stadium. He said he was absolutely delighted to win the award but quickly said: "I couldn’t have done it without people working as a team. The ladies have been a fantastic support."
He said there has been increasing interest in scouting in the past few years, but there is always a need for more Scout leaders in the area.
"There are more and more girls signing up because they feel they can do outdoor activities like canoeing,’’ he said.
"These days there’s even badges for computers which obviously there wasn’t in my day."
Friend Leslie Chadwick nominated Laurie for the award.
He said: "Laurie is a fantastic, remarkable person in that he has no transport of his own and travels everywhere on foot or by public transport.
"I cannot think of anyone, past or present, who deserves this award more than Laurie."
Other nominees in this category were Richard Carter and Joan Morton.