VIDEO - Scouts adopt historic badge

A village Scout Group formally adopted the Pegasus emblem to honour links with veterans of the Battle of Arnhem.

The 2nd Heckington Scout Group welcomed guests to the village’s Methodist Church Hall for the ceremony last Monday which saw them officially add the ‘Pegasus’ emblem to their neckerchiefs. The symbol was worn by servicemen who fought in the ill-fated Operation ‘Market Garden’ in Holland during the Second World War

Guests and Scouts display their new neckerchiefs with Pegasus badges. EMN-151109-172419001

Guests and Scouts display their new neckerchiefs with Pegasus badges. EMN-151109-172419001

The move came after the village’s 70th anniversary week of the battle last September. Servicemen of the 1st Airlanding Anti-tank Battery, RA of the 1st Airborne Division were billeted in and around Heckington prior to departing for Arnhem in 1944. The group decided to remember the men by adopting the emblem after seeking permission from the Ministry of Defence with help from MP Stephen Phillips.

All beavers, cubs and scouts and adult leaders received a badge, watched by County Commissioner Robin Wright and District Commissioner for Sleaford Ian Kingdom.

Tony Thacker of the Lincoln branch of the Parachute Regiment Association, David Locke, chairman of the Arnhem 1944 Fellowship and Richard Higgs and Jan Palmer of Heckington Parish Council were also guests having helped with the costs.

Group Scout Leader Rob Lee said: “There is a lot of interest from badge collectors as well,” he said. “Perhaps people from the vilage might want to buy one.”