PART IV

effort in many ways; not least they gave direct assistance to the military as messengers. Many former members were to be the first to volunteer for service with the Armed Services. In the post-First World War period the Peebles Boy Scouts were to languish somewhat as were many other local organisations due largely to the aftermath of the war and the depressed times which followed. The appointment of Captain Alex Anderson, MC, as scoutmaster was to revitalise the Peebles Scouts. Alex ('County') Anderson as he became known, was to devote much of his leisure to the Boy Scouts, a dedication which was to last for his lifetime. His organisational ability as county surveyor and his experience in the Army was to serve the Scout movement well. 'He ran the local Scouts with military precision,' one former member still recalls.

The Peebles Scouts were also fortunate during this time in having a new headquarters built for them, thanks to the generosity of Mr H. Mitchell of Kingsmeadows. This Scout hut in what is now the Moss Park was to serve them well until the move was made to their present headquarters at Dean Park.

The intervention of the Second World War saw the Peebles Scouts involved in 'national service', many of them gaining the appropriate badge for this service to the community, and again many were to see service in the Armed forces. Before leaving the post-war period, we should note that a group of Rover Scouts had been formed and they met in premises off School Brae, and they became a permanent feature in the Peebles Group. Nor should we forget the Wolf Cubs whose name in Peebles is generally linked with Miss Jessie Ferguson who had a near lifetime association which started in 1930 through to 1970, and received the MBE for her work with the junior movement.

The Peebles Scouts were prominent in the field of international scouting. In 1955, Robert Boyd and Elliot Jardine represented Peebles at a World Jamboree in Niagara, Canada. At the Fiftieth Anniversary Jamboree at Sutton Cold field the Rover Scout leader David Ritchie was a member of the Scottish team responsible for the running of the camp. In 1963 at the Eleventh World Jamboree Allan Forbes journeyed to Marathon in Greece to represent Peebles. At the Fifteenth World Jamboree, again in Canada, Ferrier Pryde and Allan Ramsay were present; at the Sixteenth Jamboree in Sydney, Australia, Mark Begbie was the sole representative from Peebles.

The First Tweeddale Peebles Scout Group is in good heart and in the late 1980s it continues to grow and to provide a focus for the activities and aspirations of the youth of the town.

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