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Isle of Man at War

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by admin
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DSCF0345Cubs and Scouts from Ballaugh and Malew and Explorers from the ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers took part in this years Island at War by taking Castletown railway station back into the 1940’s.

Tea and cakes were sold to passengers on the trains and platforms along with providing a shoe shining service.
One visiting motorcyclist ‘Andy’ from Lowestoft came to have his boots cleaned for the third year on the run. He said, “My boots get cleaned once a year when I come here for the Manx Grand Prix, the Scouts do a really good job.”

The Scouts and Explorers also set up a casualty clearing tent and demonstrated their First Aid skills.

Also on display was a vintage steam traction engine which the Explorers had the pleasure of pushing out of the engine shed. By the way the traction engine weighs 11 tons and it went to prove the Wolf Packs motto – ” The strength of the Wolf is the Pack!”

Once the engine was outdoors Explorer Lile ‘S’ had the chance to demonstrate her fire lighting skills by getting the boiler lit. As a bonus to this the lunchtime meal was jacket potatoes cooked in the engines fire box.

The Explorers also provided a corned beef hash for lunch on the other day.

Everyone did there best to ‘dress 1940’s’ and Explorer leader Roger changed uniforms from Scouts to a Colonel in the United States Army Air Force.

Everyone had a great time and the Scouts are already thinking of ways to make it even bigger and better next year.

For more pictures see the event’s photo gallery.

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