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Penwortham Scouts send wreath on 2,000-mile train journey to mark Remembrance Day

Posted on - 14th November, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston Railway Station, Proud Preston, South Ribble Locations, South Ribble News, Transport
The 5th Pen Chinook Beaver Scouts

A Penwortham Scout group have sent a Remembrance wreath on a 2,000-mile train journey to honour the global struggle during WWI.

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To mark the day, the 5th Pen Chinook Beaver Scouts made poppies and a wreath, which contained greenery made by the children, who created it by drawing around their hands.

The Chinook Beavers visited Preston Railway Station with their leaders on Sunday 7 November, to hand over the wreath, which is now on a journey that will take it to each corner of the West Coast Main Line before returning to Preston in conjunction with Avanti West Coast.

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The wreath made by 5th Pen Chinook Beavers

5th Pen Chinook Beavers representative Kelly Henley said: “Our Beavers see the poppies every year, and it was really good to have a chance for them to see what they had made head off around the country.

“It’s a great way to teach them that the story of Remembrance is about people all around the world.”

Teams, including drivers, train managers and caterers, will transport the wreath across the network this week, clocking up around two thousand miles and returning with photos in Glasgow, London, Manchester and Liverpool.

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The wreath on its journey

The Railway Mission Chaplain, Revd Mike Roberts, received the wreath, and it will be welcomed back on Thursday evening when it will be laid at the Cenotaph in Preston.

Kelly said fellow leader Leonie Purvis organised the journey and has done a fabulous job coordinating it, as it has captured the children’s imagination.

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