Affordable and memorable trips for Herefordshire Scout groups

A PHOTO posted to the We Grew Up in Hereford facebook page has sparked memories of trips with a group of Boy Scouts in the town.

The photograph, provided by David Lloyd, shows scouts from the 6th Hereford and their scout leaders, about to set off on a journey to the Channel Islands.

The group was captured by a Hereford Times photographer, before they left their headquarters at Bridge Street Methodist Church in the summer of 1960.

The scouts then flew to Castel in Guernsey in a DC3 plane from Staverton after their bus journey on the number 3 Yeomans bus.

Destinations such as the Channel Islands, Dublin and the Isle of Man were served by regular flights from the RAF base in Gloucestershire, operated by regional airliners including the DC3, Herald and Viscount.

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Michael Watkins remembers the trip well.

He said he remembered having to stop at Bournemouth Airport on his way home to check everyone through customs as there were none in Staverton.

Hazel Tyrell sees her husband Robert in the photo and she says he told the story not only to her, but also to their three children and three grandchildren.

The photograph also brought back memories for Amanda Davies of her trips to the Channel Islands with the Weobley Guides.

She said the group traveled to Guernsey regularly.

Once there, they camped at La Bailloterie with their leader Miss Hope.

Although her group of guides made a similar trip, Ms Davies said the group’s trip was not as sophisticated.

She said of the Pathfinder flight to Guernsey: “Fuck, fly? We went by the old ferry, slow, roll, roll.

“I remember arriving in Weymouth once and a man with a flag stopped the bus as it came into port.”

According to Malcolm Cross, funds raised by numerous auctions and fundraisers cost the families just £5 each for the trip.

He said: “I remember we were all sitting on the grass at the side of the runway waiting for the plane to land. Those were the days.”

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