|With the Mayor, Councillor Allan Ewart, are a group of beavers, cubs and scouts and (I-r) Mr Paul Clydesdale, Assistant District Commissioner and Project Leader; Mrs Margaret Irwin, Assistant District Commissioner; Mr Noel Irwin, District Commissioner and Mr Alan Poots, Capital Development Officer, Lisburn City Council.|
To mark the occasion an engraved rock has been sited in Wallace Park close to the new Play Area which is being developed as part of Lisburn City Council's Park Regeneration Programme.
Once the development is complete fourteen trees will complement the stone, each representing one of the fourteen Scout Groups that currently make up the District.
At the ceremony, the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Allan Ewart unveiled the stone and assisted in the planting of the first tree.
"I am honoured to be part of this memorable occasion for the Lisburn Scouts as they celebrate 75 years of scouting skills in the Lisburn area" Mel Ewart said.
"2009 is also the 400th Anniversary of Lisburn and it is great to hear of other local groups and organisations that are celebrating landmark occasions this year.
"I wish the Lisburn and District Scouts and is younger Beaver and Cub members a further very successful 75 years."
Local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts alongside he District and Assistant District Commissioners Mr Noel Irwin, Mr Paul
Clydesdale and Mrs Margaret Irwin and members of the District Scout Executive Committee attended the ceremony.
Lisburn and District Scouts thanked the Council for all their help and support with the project.
The organisation also thanked the contractors involved in the project from ConveyorTek, Ballinderry for sourcing and " at" transporting the stone, to Hanson Cashel Quarry, Saintfield for supplying the stone and to Monumental Masons for engraving it. Any young people or adults who would like to join in with the Scouting adventure in the Lisburn area can either log onto www.lisburndistrictscouts.org.uk or ring 08450 943 251 for details of a scout group near you.