On Wednesday 1st Malden Scouts and 2nd Long Aston Guides all headed out on a day heavily themed around the WW1 centenary. After a two hour coach drive, where we were kept thoroughly entertained by renditions of song from musicals, Disney films and many more, we arrived at Tyne Cot Cemetery where the mood turned much more sombre. Tyne Cot is a beautiful, yet sad place where many men who fought in the first world war are remembered.
After there we headed in to Ypres where we visited the Flanders field museum, which is highly interactive and we were all supplied with poppy wrist bands which you could use to activate certain aspects of the museum. A bit of free time to explore and visit the chocolate shop before tea and then the Menin gate ceremony at 8. Unfortunately we arrived slightly too late to get a really good view, however both groups were still able to lay their wreaths to show their respect during the ceremony.
Also a big congratulations for Will and Amy from 1st Malden Scouts, who were awarded their Gold Scout Award under the Menin Gate. Hard to think of a more memorable place to receive the award!