UK - Most Scouts give up at an early age but this guy has kept on going since 1943.
Ray Aldous is now the country’s oldest scout leader aged 85.
He joined them when he was just 11 years old after being pushed by his father who was a war veteran and scout member himself. ‘It keeps me as fit and as healthy,’ Mr Aldous, from Luton, said. ‘I still keep active and I am still pretty much involved with the town. ‘It is absolutely amazing.’
The pensioner scouted along with his wife of 57 years Sylvia until she died. She would help him manage his busy diary, which included being in charge of 12 districts. He added: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed it, I was charging around all over the place and my wife supported me. ‘She helped me do what I had to do. I had to look after 12 districts and I was responsible for the scout troupes which meant I had to rush around and present awards.’
Mr Aldous was honoured by the Queen in 2015 with an MBE for services to Young People and Scouting. He was accompanied by his two daughters when he went to collect his award and described it as the ‘ultimate highlight’. He said: ‘When I was notified by Buckingham Palace and received the MBE for my services of the scout movement. ‘This was such an unexpected honour to be singled out for such world-wide publicity. I am immensely proud of my MBE.’ It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the retired technician though. He suffered a ‘nasty knock’ ten years ago but he refused to give up being a scout because he loved it so much.
Mr Aldous, a grandfather of two twins, plans to continue holding weekly media meetings at his home and visiting groups around Luton. He added: ‘You have got to be active, you have to be seen to do things and because of this I have achieved an awful lot in my time, I have definitely been around.