ARBROATH Scout Group has invited all former members of the movement to share in their centenary celebrations.

The local organisation is celebrating 100 years of Scouting in the town with an 'Anniversary Do' at their Keptie Road headquarters on Friday, November 14, from 7 p.m.

It promises to a be a great night with displays, photographs from years gone by, a sing-song and food.

Baden-Powell started his fortnightly 'Scouting for Boys' in 1907.

And by 1908, boys up and down the country were eagerly looking forward to their copies and trying out the activities included in it.

Arbroath was no exception and the 1st Arbroath Scout Group just grew and grew, being officially registered with the London headquarters in June, 1908.

Baden Powell insisted that every unit have a responsible adult in charge.

At this time, Mr Oliver P. Beeman, a London businessman, was suffering from TB. Medical advice recommended that he take a holiday in the fresh air of Scotland and he came to live in Arbroath at 72 Nolt Loan Road.

World soon got round that the 'ideal man' was in the Scouts' midst. He was soon approached by four Patrol Leaders of the day and accepted the offer to become the 1st Arbroath Scouts' first Scoutmaster.

One hundred years later, all sections of the movement continue to thrive in the district.

The Arbroath Group is also attempting to provide hospitality for visitors from out of town.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Joan McGregor, 41 Keptie Road, Arbroath, DD11 3EF, tel. 01241 875229, or Harry Whitton, 42 St Vigeans Road, Arbroath, DD11 4DL, tel. 01241 873548.