Young talent to the fore in Selkirk gang show

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert. One youngster takes a nap between rehearsals.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert. One youngster takes a nap between rehearsals.

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THE annual Selkirk Scout and Guide Show always proves a popular highlight in Selkirk, writes Mark Entwistle.

But this year’s event, played to packed houses in Victoria Hall last Thursday and Friday, had an added special dimension, because the town’s scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary next month.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

The show, as usual, involved local scouts, guides, explorer scouts, cubs, brownies and rainbows.

But with the centenery falling in April, it was decided to encourage the beaver scouts and rainbow guides, who normally only take part in the opening chorus, to contribute an item to the programme.

Selkirk scouts and cubs acting leader Graham Coulson, told us that 200 young people have been involved in this year’s show.

“When it comes to young people, there’s nothing like applause to make people feel good,” he said ahead of last week’s two-night run.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

“It takes a lot of courage to get up and perform on stage. It takes more courage to do that than kicking a ball about a field and is often a lot more strenuous too.

“The numbers taking part are fabulous. It was a very musical show, including five explorers scouts performing We Will Rock You with pipes, guitars and drums which the audience thought was amazing.

“It always strikes me as incredible that young people at this age can be so talented.”

The popularity of the show echoes the numbers of youngsters joining the various scout and guide association groups in the town.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

“For example, the scout group is bursting at the seams,” said Graham. “What we could do with is more adults to take on some some leadership roles.”

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.

Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert.