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2016 Bah't At Walk


Sunday 1st May 2016

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David Sowden ESL Bingley Sea Scouts

Member of the Order of the British Empire

Queen's New Year's Honours List

Extract from The Telegraph & Argus newspaper

Another winner is 76-year-old David Sowden, from Ilkley, who has been given an MBE for services to young people through Scouting in West Yorkshire.
Mr Sowden, a retired police officer, has been involved with the scouts since he was a child, and has been a leader at his current group, the 3rd Bingley Sea Scouts since the mid-1980s and before that was a scout leader in Shipley.
He said: "I never expected anything like this at all, it came completely out of the blue.
"For some reason someone nominated me for it, and it's hard to explain why someone would do that as I didn't think I have done enough to deserve that.
"I will be going to the ceremony with my daughter, and I suppose I would like receive my award from the Queen, it would be very nice to meet her."
Mr Sowden works with the Explorers scout group, for 14-18 year olds, and has a strong focus on marine activities, and as a group has travelled abroad doing work, including trips to Poland, canoeing in Sweden, sailing from the Netherlands back to the UK, as well as doing inshore sails on Loch Lomond and helping scouts gain their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

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