Special garden ceremony to remember North Walsham Scout stalwarts

Dedication of memorial stone and rose plating at North Walsham Scout HQ. Left to right, Shaun Campbell, Ellen Christian, Matthew Burrell, Rosie Burrell, Roger Smith, Stuart Vail and June Vail.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Dedication of memorial stone and rose plating at North Walsham Scout HQ. Left to right, Shaun Campbell, Ellen Christian, Matthew Burrell, Rosie Burrell, Roger Smith, Stuart Vail and June Vail. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, May 26, 2014
6:03 PM

A pair of dedicated Scout stalwarts were remembered at a ceremony in a memorial garden today.

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Dedication of memorial stone and rose plating at North Walsham Scout HQ. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYDedication of memorial stone and rose plating at North Walsham Scout HQ. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A rose was planted for former 1st North Walsham Scout group leaders Allan ‘Buzz’ Burrell and Geoff Vail in front of group members and relatives.

It was planted in the garden which belongs to the group’s Scout hut, on Midland Road.

The space was created 15 years ago to remember leaders who have died. It is looked after by volunteers.

Names of people remembered are carved into a memorial stone.

Roger Smith, current Scout group leader, said: “It is a symbol of those that have given so much over the years.”

He described both Mr Burrell and Mr Vail as people who gave a lot to the community.

Mr Burrell, from Southrepps, died on January 10 this year from thyroid cancer aged 59. He would have turned 60 today.

He had been involved in the group for more than 17 years.

A cheque of £3,154 was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Scout group, shared equally, at the memorial event.

Mr Vail, from North Walsham, died in 2011 aged in his 80s. He joined the Scouting movement in the 1970s.

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