Handelsbanken hands out fleeces for World Scout Jamboree
A GROUP of youngsters from West Yorkshire will be well wrapped-up when they take part in the World Scout Jamboree.
Some 130 Scouts from the county – about half of them from Huddersfield and district – will join 40,000 Scouts from 200 countries at the event which takes place in Sweden.
And the West Yorkshire Scouts have been provided with fleeces by Swedish-owned bank Handelsbanken in Huddersfield – to keep them comfy on chilly nights round the campfire.
The West Yorkshire contingent have also been kitted out with flat caps and the unit has adopted the name Ay’Up Tykes for the event.
Scout unit leader Seamus Quinn said: “We have decided to take a little Yorkshire culture with us to Sweden”
Tony Jones, branch manager at Handelsbanken in Huddersfield, presented some of the fleeces to Mr Quinn and some of the scouts at the bank’s Bradley Business Park premises.
The 22nd World Scout Jamboree takes place from July 27 to August 7 at Rinkaby, near Kristianstad, Sweden.
The event is bigger than the Olympics in terms of numbers of participants. The UK is sending 4,000 Scouts – the largest single national contingent.
The jamborees are held every four years. The last was held in the UK to mark the centenary of the Scouting movement. The next will be held in 2015 in Japan.