Lancaster Guardian 23 September 1955
BARROW LOSE HELME SHIELD
Lancaster only 2 points behind Blackpool Scouts
BOY scouts of the 4th Lancaster (Sulyard Street) troop and other Lancaster scouts, representing the Lancaster and District Boy Scouts’ Association figured prominently in the North West Lancashire County Scouts swimming gala at the Kingsway Baths, Lancaster, on Saturday.
Winners of the Helme Shield, presented by the late Ald. T. W. Helme, who was the District Commissioner at Lancaster for many years and later County Commissioner, were the Blackpool and District Boy Scouts’ Association who scored 23 points. It was the fourth time they had won the trophy.
Lancaster were close runners-up with 21 points.
Together the Lancaster and Blackpool teams took first place in every competition event. The Barrow and District Boy Scouts’ Association last year’s winners were third with 9 points with Preston Boy Scouts’ Association scoring 7 and South Ribble 6.
Lancaster swimmers who won their events were Stewart Moffatt, 4th Lancaster (Scouts one length breast stroke); Peter Johnson, 4th Lancaster (Senior scouts three lengths free style); Michael C. Glover, 4th Lancaster (Scouts two lengths free style).
The Lancaster team, which won the scouts’ squadron race, comprised P. Johnson, M. C. Glover and R. Edmondson and I. Threlfall, both of the 16th Lancaster troop.
An excellent gala, attended by a large crowd representing the five associations, also included scouts novelty races and swimming demonstrations and “friendly” cub events.
Fourteen-year-old Scout, Malcolm Clarke of the Blackpool team, received the Shield from the Mayoress of Lancaster (Mrs. Hully) who accompanied the Mayor (Coun. T. W. Hully).
County Commissioner Mr. J. Dodds Drummond, of Lancaster, was present along with several district commissioners and officials of the Scout movement in North West Lancashire.
The smoothness with which the event was run was largely due to the work of Mr. M. Corless, swimming secretary to the Lancaster and District Boy Scouts’ Association and officials of the Lancaster City Amateur Swimming Club who contributed valuable assistance.