Polegate Scout receives sailing honour

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A YOUNG boy was given a sailing honour following a Scouting trip to welcome a sailing vessel into Eastbourne.

Graeme Bye, a First Polegate Scout, received a limited edition nautical badge from JoJo Anderson, a junior round Britain sailor who also played hockey for England 25 times and now teaches it to underprivileged children.

First Polegate Scouts were visiting Sovereign Harbour with First Willingdon Scout troop.

They welcomed the 100-year-old ‘Duet’ training vessel on leg 10 of its voyage around Britain, operated by the Cirdan Trust, which takes children, especially those who are disadvantaged, on sailing adventures at sea.

The crew invited the Scouts to a reception at the Sovereign Yacht Club, where Graeme was surprised to be presented with his badge.

Jayne Bigsby, First Polegate Group Scout Leader, said Graeme was given the badge because he joined the tall ship ‘Tenacious’ as part of the Jubilee Trust charity, where able bodied and disabled children crew the oat together.

She said: “We are all incredibly proud of Graeme at First Polegate and it was a privilege to see him receive his badge from such a prestigious young sailor.“